Antique Kilim, Pirot, Southern Serbia

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BM1756

A magnificent large, nearly square, decorative kilim made and dated 1913 in the Pirot area of southern Serbia.
The colours are beautiful, as are the nicely spaced large diamond lozenges, surrounded by a powerful midnight-blue main border. The date, 1913, can be seen woven into the top right-hand corner of the main border.
Size: 4.10m x 3.92m (13' 6" x 12' 10").
£7,500
| $10,112 USD | €8,750 EUR

Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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BM1660

Rare and absolutely stunning! Nineteenth century gabbehs today are scarce due to the fact that they were made for tent use and most had a hard life with many completely worn out! Therefore the few that come on the market these days, in this condition, are few and far between!
Most gabbehs were made with the weaver creating her own design - symbolic or otherwise - but I've never come across one like this before. The compartmentalised pattern containing 'quincunx' or 'fives' - symbols of protection - are dominant in this gabbeh.
Made by Luri nomads in Luristan between 1850 and 1870, the gabbeh is in very good overall condition with an evenly-low pile and wonderful shades of vegetable colours i.e. reds, golden yellow, ivory, dark blue and particularly attractive, different shades of light, pea-green.
The ends are complete as are the selvedges and some minor re-piling has been carried out in several areas.
Size: 2.34m x 1.55m (7' 8" x 5' 1").
£6,500
| $8,763 USD | €7,583 EUR

Antique Bakhtiari Carpet, The Chahar Mahal Region, ...

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BM/SJ1

This beautiful Bakhtiari carpet has a glowing madder-red field surrounded by a magnificent, powerful main border. Made around 1880-1900 in the region of The Chahar Mahal in Western Persia by settled Bakhtiari tribes, it is in good overall condition but with some areas of wear. Nevertheless, this is a very floor-worthy carpet, washed and ready for use.
Size: 3.00m x 2.20m (10' 0" x 7' 3").
£6,500
| $8,763 USD | €7,583 EUR

Antique Afshar Carpet, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, ...

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BM1759

This beautiful nineteenth century Afshar tribal carpet is finely knotted with a highly stylised 'herati' pattern in the indigo-blue central field interspersed with 'double-headed birds heads' lozenges. The outer madder-red ground contains tiny stylised 'botehs' providing a powerful guard. The overall pile is evenly-low with no signs of any sporadic wear and the carpet is complete with plain-weave skirts each end.
This is truly a superb large carpet made by Afshar tribes in Kerman province, south Persia circa 1870 and has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
Size: 2.74m x 1.47m (9' 0" x 4' 10").
£4,750
| $6,404 USD | €5,541 EUR

Antique Timuri Carpet, Sangtschuli Sub-Tribe, Borderlands of ...

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BM1739

In near-mint condition, this gorgeous Timuri rug has the highest quality soft, shiny wool with highlights of green silk throughout and complete kilim skirts at each end. The central 'tree-of-life' has branches protruding from it and surrounded by a multitude of symbols - stunning and subtle in its drawing. The madder-red main border depicts a continuous vine - symbolically representing the eternal cycle of life. Made circa 1880 -1900 by Sangtschuli tribes on the eastern Persian/western Afghanistan border, it really needs to be seen and handled to fully appreciate the high quality of the work involved. This is Timuri weaving at its best!
Size: 2.44m x 1.27m (8' 0" x 4' 2").
£4,750
| $6,404 USD | €5,541 EUR

Antique Armenian Rug, Armenia.

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BM1760

Dated 1918 in the solar calendar, 1337 in the Islamic calendar, this beautiful rug with its glorious shades of indigo-blue, is bold and exciting in every way. Look closely and you can pick out stylised creatures depicted in various parts of the rug. With all natural colours, this stunning rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 2.64m 1.70m (8' 8" x 5' 7").
£4,750
| $6,404 USD | €5,541 EUR

Antique Shirvan Rug, Shirvan Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

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BM1763

I love the indigo-blue ground in this small, square nineteenth century Shirvan rug from the eastern Caucasus incorporating a stunning array of natural colours throughout.
Looking closely at the design, there are 'birds-heads lozenges, floral motifs and zoomorphic bird-like creatures. The main ivory border with its continuous vine symbolising the eternal cycle of life, is a popular border in this part of the eastern Caucasus.
The pile, which was originally cropped short to give a beautifully defined pattern to the symbols, is now evenly-low all over. This is a great, collectible rug.
Size: 1.68m x 1.39m (5' 6" x 4' 7").
£4,500
| $6,067 USD | €5,250 EUR

Antique Sarouq - Feraghan Rug, Sarouq Feraghan ...

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BM1695

The natural colours in this finely-knotted rug are just beautiful.
Made in the areas of Sarouq and Feraghan in north-west Persia around 1880, the madder-red field contains a beautifully-drawn tree - symbolically 'the tree-of-life' representing the three-level universe where the roots are in the underworld, the trunk is in the earthly world and the branches are in the world of the spirit. Two columns in pale green, rise up on either side of the tree to meet a mihrab with spandrels in stunning natural sky-blue.
In excellent condition although a very minor outer border is missing, this is a stunning and very collectible rug.
Size: 1.93 x 1.30m (6' 4" x 4' 3").
£4,500
| $6,067 USD | €5,250 EUR

Antique North-West Persian Zodiacal Rug, Ardebil, North-West ...

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BM1688

Wow! What an amazing rug! You might call it 'zodiacal' but it is quite incredible!
Possibly made in the Ardebil area of north-west Persia circa 1900, it comprises a beautiful sky-blue mihrab depicting the Earth, Moon, Saturn, stars and zodiacal symbols. Note the little angel floating around the Earth - just beautiful. The condition is very good with evenly-low pile all over.
I have never seen anything else like this before but maybe a few will emerge from the woodwork after this, who knows!
Hang it on your wall and who needs a painting! And at a fraction of the cost!!
Size: 1.83 x 1.25m (6' 0" x 4' 1").
£4,500
| $6,067 USD | €5,250 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Shekarlu Taifeh, Fars Province, ...

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BM1684

This magnificent Qashqa'i - Shekarlu rug contains a wealth of symbolism - amazing detail and quality. The Shekarlu tribe ranked up amongst the best of the Qashqa'i weaving sub-tribes (taifeh) and this fabulous rug certainly testifies to that.
Made during the second half of the nineteenth century, the rug is in overall very good condition with minor signs of wear, particularly in the upper and lower borders. The main ivory border design is typically Shekarlu and to sit and look at this rug for as long as you like, you will always find something new going on!
Size: 2.37m x 1.70m (7' 9" x 5' 7").
£4,350
| $5,865 USD | €5,075 EUR

Antique Bijar Rug, Kurdish Tribes of Bijar, ...

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BM1690

This fabulous Kurdish Bijar rug has a wonderful array of vegetable colours and a most attractive ivory main border comprising a continuous flower and vine, symbolising the eternal cycle of life.
The field is covered in the 'herati' pattern which consists of two fish swimming around a water lily - symbolising happiness. Made during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the rug is in excellent pile all over. This is certainly a very happy rug!
Size: 2.34m x 1.38m (7' 8" x 4' 6").
£3,750
| $5,056 USD | €4,375 EUR

Antique Kilim, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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BM1744

The deep indigo-blue ground of this stunning kilim contains a myriad of diamond-shape lozenges and in a few places, stylised creatures - deer or gazelle - are depicted.
Woven by Shahsevan tribes around 1900, the kilim is in excellent overall condition with no repairs whatsoever. A very attractive floor covering.
Size: 2.87m x 1.73m (9' 5" x 5' 8").
£3,750
| $5,056 USD | €4,375 EUR