Antique Soumak, Kuba Region, South-Eastern Caucasus.

Item Ref
BM1770

Carpets woven in the soumak technique don't come much better than this one!
Acquired from a private English house where it had been hanging on a wall for over 60 years, the overall condition is excellent. Woven in the Kuba region of the south-eastern Caucasus during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, this is an unusually large size as most soumaks made in this area were a good bit smaller. You have to look closely at the overall symbolic representation and particularly interesting is the upper-most blue lozenge with its depiction of two men standing above what might presumably be horses! Note also, horses depicted in the outer field as well as other stylised creatures and birds scattered throughout.
This is an amazing and highly collectible carpet which would provide a fantastic floor covering.
Size: 3.60m x 2.26m (11' 10" x 7' 5").
£8,500

Antique Kilim, Pirot, Southern Serbia.

Item Ref
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: 4.00m x 3.90m (13' 2" x 12' 9").
£7,000

Bakhtiari 'Khan' Rug, Bakhtiari Tribes, The Chahar ...

Item Ref
BM1792

This rug can only be described as magnificent.
Made for a Bakhtiari Khan around 1880, the rug is very finely knotted indicating that it was given to the most experienced weaver within the tribe. The typical Bakhtiari compartmentalised design is beautifully drawn - not busy as seen in later examples of village Bakhtiari work.
The vegetable colours too are just stunning with gorgeous shades of golden yellow and rich green combined with madder-red and indigo-blue.
When it was made, the pile was cut short to accentuate the clarity of design and today, the overall condition is very good, evenly-low pile throughout.
Size: 1.68m x 1.37m (5' 6" x 4' 6").
£6,950

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

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

Item Ref
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

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Kerman Province, Southern ...

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BM/VK1

A spectacular Afshar rug with a design of octagonal 'guls' covering an indigo-blue ground. Within each of the guls are '8-pointed stars' - symbols of spirituality and protection.
I have never come across an Afshar rug with this design before! The weaver must have been having an amazing time fitting all these charming little guls into the field of the rug and with such a variety of natural colours!
The Afshar originated in eastern Turkistan and came down into different parts of Persia in the eleventh century with the Ghuz hordes, the majority of the tribe settling in the province of Kerman. Thus in this rug, with its myriad of guls, we see the link with the guls of the Turkmen tribes of Turkmenistan.
The rug is in excellent full-pile all over and dates to circa 1870-1880.
Rare!
Size: 2.09m x 1.60m (6' 10" x 5' 3").
£5,500

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

Item Ref
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

Antique Timuri Flat-Weave, Sangtschuli Sub-Tribe, Borderlands of ...

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BM/Sangtschuli

Flat-weaves of the Sangtschuli - Timuri are incredibly rare and this is one of the finest flat-weaves from this tribe that I've come across. In excellent condition and with just a few small areas of expert restoration on the selvedges, the fine soumak work has to be seen to be appreciated.
It is incredibly sophisticated work for a tribe, living in inhospitable conditions during the mid 19th century, and using a ground look to weave this remarkable piece.
The last similar Sangtschuli flat-weave to pass through my hands is illustrated in the third edition of my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 94. However, what is more unusual about this piece, is the wide goat-hair selvedges - unique and extremely rare.
These flat-weaves are generally referred to as 'Baluch' in the unknowledgeable trade but in fact, are woven by the Timuri - Sangtschuli tribe on the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan.
Size: 2.70m x 1.60m (8' 10" x 5' 3").
£4,500

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

Item Ref
BM1739

In near-mint condition, this fabulous 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").
£4,500

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

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Buly Chaqal Sub-Tribe, Fars ...

Item Ref
BM/NK1

The madder-red field comprises the 'herati' pattern, i.e. two fish swimming around water-lilies - symbolising happiness. Made by the Buly Chaqal Qashqa'i taifeh in Fars Province, south-west Persia circa 1900, this elegantly, beautiful tribal rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 2.53m x 1.73m (8' 4" x 5' 8").
£4,500

Antique Sarouq - Feraghan Rug, Sarouq Feraghan ...

Item Ref
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