Antique Heriz Carpet, Heriz/Karaja Region, North-West Persia. ...

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An absolutely stunning decorative carpet, made during the last quarter of the nineteenth century in the Heriz/Karaja region of north-west Persia. The carpet features a large madder-red central lozenge on an ivory background and red spandrels in each corner. The carpet is generally in good overall condition with some areas of wear.
Size: 4.38m x 3.48m (14' 4" x 11' 5") approx.

Antique Timuri Main Carpet, Yaqoub Khani Sub-Tribe, ...

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This fabulous Timuri Yaqoub Khani carpet is in remarkable condition - full pile throughout with complete, original kilim and brocade skirts each end and no restoration whatsoever. Made circa 1870-1880, this carpet has been in a private collection to date and treasured.
The stunning indigo-blue ground contains a wealth of Timuri symbolism with highlights of magenta silk throughout. I would say this carpet was undoubtedly made for someone of importance and thus survived the hardships of nomadic life on the Persian/Afghan borderlands. Note at the very base of the field design, six stylised quadrupeds. Charming!
This is a rare carpet from the 19th century Timuri and very collectable in today's marketplace.
Size: 2.74m x 1.52m (9' 0" x 5' 0").

Antique Corridor Carpet, Bakhtiari Tribes, The Chahar ...

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This carpet is just amazing!
Made especially for a wide corridor by Bakhtiari tribes in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia, the carpet comprises an ivory ground with a myriad of small scarabs throughout. The main border is in stunning, natural, petrol-blue, also depicting a scarab symbol and surrounded on both sides by beautiful golden-yellow minor borders.
Made circa 1880, this amazing carpet retains its original brocaded ends and is in excellent pile overall with no restoration whatsoever.
Size: 4.06m x 1.82m (13' 4" x 6' 0").

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Neiriz Region, Kerman ...

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The so-called 'shield motif' depicted over the whole indigo-blue field of this magnificent carpet, is actually a representation of the double-headed sunbird opposing each other on either side of a small tree or shrub. This is a rare symbol on 19th century Afshar tribal rugs and one which, over many years, has been of a highly collectable group. The natural colours throughout are beautiful and the overall pile is in excellent condition, complete with striped kilim skirts each end.
Made circa 1860-1870 in the Neiriz region of Kerman Province, southern Persia, this stunning carpet would fit in well to a collector's pot pouree!
Size: 2.14m x 1.52m (7' 0" x 5' 0").

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Carpet, Baharlu Tribe, South-West ...

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Made circa 1870 by the Baharlu taifeh of the Khamseh Confederacy in Fars, south-west Persia, this extremely fine and rare carpet is in very good overall condition albeit with evenly-low pile. The three central flower-heads are surrounded by the 'herati' pattern throughout, symbolising two fish swimming around water-lilies.
The natural colours are vibrant as is the main border design depicting a continouos vine symbolising the eternal cycle of life. The carpet needs to be seen to fully appreciate the fineness of design and quality of the colours.
Size: 3.20m x 1.93m (10' 6" x 6' 4").

Antique Large Kilim, Pirot, Southern Serbia.

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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").

Antique Khorassan carpet, Khorassan Proivince, North-East Persia. ...

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Truly fabulous! In very good overall condition with no repairs whatsoever, this magnificent carpet with its floral design incorporating stylised birds, was made during the third quarter of the nineteenth century in Khorassan Province, north-east Persia.
Particularly attractive, is the handsome main border design depicting the 'mother & child' botehs symbolising fertility. Look at the close-up photos to see the fine quality of the work.
Size: 2.74m x 1.52m (9' 0" x 5' 0").

Antique Perepidal Rug, Eastern Caucasus.

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What an amazing rug!
Very finely knotted with a red ground containg the typical Perepidal stylised winged birds and dragons which, I suspect, represents the symbolic 'dragon & phoenix' - the fight between good and evil!
Note also, the beautiful shade of green in the main border?
Rugs like this are rare in today's world market-place and this rug, made circa 1870-1880 is in very good condition with just a minor shade of wear.
Size: 1.70m x 1.30m (5' 7" x 4' 3").

Antique Chelaberd Rug, Southern Caucasus.

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The development of the Chelaberd design can be seen through a number of extant rugs as far back as the 17th century. The name 'Chelaberd' originates from a village to the south-east of Chondzoresk in the southern Caucasus.
The red ground is dominated in this case by two large sun-flowers bursting open and symbolically giving life.
This is a truly fabulous rug, made in the Chelaberd region around 1900 and looking closely, you can see stylised peacocks and quadrupeds.
In very good condition, albeit with an evenly-low cut pile, this has been reflected in the price.
Size: 2.34m x 1.62m (7' 8" x 5' 4").

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Carpet, Fars Proivince, South-West ...

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This beautiful carpet was made by one of the five tribes that form the Khamseh Confederation in Fars Province, south-west Persia during the lat quarter of the nineteenth century. The overall field design contains large botehs with smaller botehs internally and referred to as the 'mother & child' boteh, symbolising fertility and birth. All the colours are natural providing a stunning palette. The main border consists of a continuaous vine with small flowers and botehs, symbolising the eternal cycle of life.
A truly fabulous carpet.
Size: 3.05m x 2.13m (10' 0" x 7' 0").

Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Merv Oasis, ...

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This beautiful, small-size Turkmen rug was made by a Teke woman, possibly as a dowry rug, during the third quarter of the nineteenth century. The beautiful madder brick-red ground colour is magnificent - a colour I am always searching to find in these special pieces - but such pieces are rare. This rug contains three vertical rows of six Teke 'guls' or tribal crests and is in excellent condition. A truly fabulous rug.
Size: 1.60m x 1.15m (5' 3" x 3' 9").

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

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What I love about this stunning carpet is the fantastic, mid-blue main border which powerfully frames the madder-red ground. The border contains a continuous vine-leaf pattern, symbolising the eternal cycle of life.
The carpet was made during the last quarter of the nineteenth century and is in good overall condition.
Size: 3.00m x 2.22m (10' 0" x 7' 3").