Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Afshar Nomads of ...

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What an amazing sky-blue ground!
This stunning Afshar pre-dates the later 19th century examples with its beautiful sky-blue field containing large 'palmettes' beautifully drawn in varying colours of red and coral.
The colour palette indicates to me that it was made by Afshar nomads in the Shahr Babak region of Kerman province circa 1860-1870. This fabulous and highly collectable Afshar is in very good overall condition with a few minor areas of expert restoration, so extremely good that it cannot be seen!
Size: 1.70m x 1.28m (5' 7" x 4' 2").

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Aqta', Sirjan Region, ...

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The indigo-blue field contains a myriad of 'botehs' - flame symbols originating amongst the Zoroastrians of Kerman Province. Extremely finely knotted, this fabulous rug was made by Afshar tribes in the vicinity of Aqta' in Kerman Province during the second half of the nineteenth century.
The rug is in very good overall condition with an evenly-low pile and some expert areas of restoration. This is a highly collectible example of early Afshar weaving.
Size: 1.63m x 1.27m (5' 4" x 4' 2").

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

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A rare ivory ground, third quarter 19th century Afshar tribal rug from the Neiriz region of Kerman province, southern Persia. The overall design is that of the 'dragon & phoenix' in stylised form symbolising the fight between good and evil. Note the two stylized figures upper left and right in the ivory ground.
The rug pile is evenly-low with some isolated wear in places.
Size: 1.32m x 1.26m (4' 4" x 4' 2").

Antique Afshar Rug, Kerman Province, South Persia. ...

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This is a most unusual and rare little rug, made by Afshar Tribes in Kerman Province, southern Persia circa 1880. The stunning indigo-blue ground contains two vertical rows of four 'guls' (tribal crests) and within each of these guls are two zoomorphic bird-like creatures, facing each other. The minor inner and outer borders contain small stylised camels - a design often seen used in early Afshar weavings.
What is particularly attractive and powerful is the ivory main border with an early cartouche design.
This beautiful little rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.45m x 1.07m (4' 9" x 3' 6").

Antique Afshar Tribal Carpet, Kerman Province, South ...

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This large-size Afshar rug or small carpet was made in Kerman Province, south Persia circa 1870-1880 and comprises a small flower or shrub design surrounding an ivory central lozenge - a symbol frequently seen on Afshar rugs and weavings. It is interesting to note the single 'birds-heads' lozenge to the lower right of the central lozenge as seen clearly in the sixth image down - the only insertion of this symbol in the whole field of this carpet! Could it be the weaver's signature? The carpet is in good pile all over and retains its plain-weave skirts at each end.
Was 1500 now 1250 BARGAIN!
Size: 2.56m x 1.47m (8' 5" 4' 10").

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Aqta' Region, Kerman ...

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This rug is outstanding! Certainly one of the very best Afshar rugs I've ever handled or even seen in private collections worldwide.
Having a rather illegible date in the madder-red panel, top right hand corner of the diagonal-band field design, my feelings are that this rug is early, possibly around 1870. Finely knotted, one needs to concentrate on the indigo-blue inner field which contains a myriad of birds, quadrupeds and human representation. The two cenral lozenges highlighted in sky-blue, contain '8-pointed stars', symbols of protection. But look at the upper star. It contains a small bird, symbolising the carrier of the soul from the earthly world to the realms of the spirit.
Altogether, an amazing and truly fabulous rug.
Size: 1.93m x 1.31m (6' 4" x 4' 3").

Antique Afshar Tribal 'Masnad' (throne rug), Bardsir ...

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Just magnificent!
A very fine, rare small rug, probably made as a 'masnad' - a very special rug made as a ceremonial king's rug. When the king had no access to the royal throne, a small rug called a masnad substituted for the throne. Masnads were, however, mainly used within the Afshar tribes for the Khan to sit on when he made a visit.
The myriad of well-fed chickens depicted in the central indigo-blue field are generally associated with the nomads of the Khamseh Confederacy, but here we see the chickens rarely depicted in an Afshar piece!
Very special and highly collectible.
Size: 1.40m x 1.04m

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

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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").

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

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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.
Size: 2.09m x 1.60m (6' 10" x 5' 3").

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

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Beautiful shades of vegetable colours abound in this magnificent rug made by Afshar nomads in southern Persia at the end of the 19th century. I particularly love the sky-blue spandrels and the myriad of creatures depicted in the central field. The rug is in very good condition and retains its brocaded ends. This rug was sold by me some 20 years ago and just acquired back. It is published in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 116 of the first edition which was published in 1997.
Size: 2.00m x 1.35m (6' 6" x 4' 6").

Antique Afshar Masnad, Afshar Nomads, Bardsir Region, ...

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This is a truly fabulous and very rare 'masnad' (seating-rug), made by Afshar nomads during the middle of the nineteenth century in the Bardsir region of Kerman Province, south Persia.
The 'masnad' was specifically made in a small, square size for the Khan or visiting dignitaries to sit on whilst giving an audience to the principal leaders amongst the tribe. The masnad was therefore a very special and highly prized rug, never intended for sale.
The design in this little masnad is rare. It probably depicts either a highly stylised lotus blossom or an open-winged eagle, amid vegetal patterns and embellished with stylised 'tree-of-life'.
See a similar example of the type in Parviz Tanavoli's 'Afshar - Tribal Weaves from South East Iran'.
Size: 1.20m x 1.09m (4' 0" x 3' 7").

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Southern Persia

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Made by Afshar tribes around 1870/1880, this is a very fine and beautiful example of the best of 19th century Afshar work. The rug is in good condition overall with evenly low pile and complete with brocaded skirts at each end - something rarely seen these days. This rug, in my opinion, is one of the best small examples of Afshar work I've handled.
Size: 1.64m x 1.21m (5' 4" x 4' 0").