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

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This very unusual rug has just arrived - made by Afshar nomads around 1900 but with a rare ivory-ground and delicate use of flowers and vine-leaves. Extremely decorative and in my 40 years of dealing in rugs, I haven't come across this design in an Afshar rug before!
The rug is in very good overall condition.
Size: 1.55 x 1.34m (5' 1" x 4' 5").
| $4,181 USD | €3,496 EUR

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Sirjan Area, Kerman ...

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This charming small Afshar rug was made in the Sirjan area of south Persia during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. It has an overall design of interconnecting lozenges and an attractive inner red border, highlighted in golden-yellow. The overall condition of the rug is very good with some minor wear.
Size: 1.27m x 1.14m (4' 2" x 3' 9").
| $2,439 USD | €2,039 EUR

Afshar Masnad, Afshar Tribes, Kerman Province, South ...

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A very fine, rare small rug, probably made as a 'masnad' - a very special rug made as a ceremonial king's rug - and made by Afshar nomads circa 1880.
When the king had no access to the royal throne, a small rug called a masnad substituted for the throne. The central lozenge is dramatic in rich, natural indigo-blue and the madder-red surrounding it contains typical small Afshar shrubs.
The rug is in very good condition, complete with additional narrow skirts at each end. A very special little rug.
Size: 1.04m x 1.04m (3' 5" x 3' 5").

Antique Afshar Rug, Sirjan Area, Kerman Province, ...

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What I love about this gorgeous little Afshar tribal rug is the powerful inner red and blue border, highlighted in golden-yellow. Other than that, the design is stunning with wonderful use of natural madder-red, two shades of indigo-blue, turquoise amongst others. Made around 1880 in the Sirjan area of south Persia, the Afshar refer to this field design of lozenges as 'bandi'.
In very good condition, the rug, like all my rugs, has been expertly washed, to enhance these superb vegetable colours.
Size: 1.42 x 1.22m (4' 8" x 4' 0").

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

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Extremely finely knotted, this elegant rug was made by Afshar tribes in Kerman, southern Persia around 1860-1870. It is in very good condition with low-cropped woollen pile and a design of 2 stylized fish swimming around water-lilies in a water-garden - often referred to as the 'herati' pattern. The symbolic meaning of '2-fish' is happiness!
Size: 1.78m x 1.29m (5' 10" x 4' 3").

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

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This elegant carpet was made by Afshar nomads in Kerman Province, southern Persia, circa 1870-1880. The carpet is in very good overall condition and comprises a 'boteh' design on a madder-red ground - the boteh or flame symbol, originally believed to have originated in Kerman amongst the Zoroastrians. The carpet retains its plain-weave kilim skirts at both ends and I like the depiction of the three small quadrupeds in the lower left side of the red field.
Size: 2.60m x 1.45m (8' 6" x 4' 10").

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

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Beautiful soft, glossy wool and wonderful vegetable colours abound in this lovely Afshar tribal rug, made around 1880. The indigo-blue field contains vases of flowers with stylised birds either side - a design known in Persian as 'zili sultan'.
Size: 1.53m x 1.28m (5' 0" x 4' 2").

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

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On a soft camel coloured ground, can be seen a field of 'dragon & phoenix' symbols in very stylized form - symbolizing the fight between good and evil. The Afshar originated in Eastern Turkistan and arrived in southern Persia between the 11th and 15th centuries, bringing their dragon symbolism with them. Rarely found on rugs, the dragon & phoenix is very occasionally found on their storage bags. The wool quality is superb - soft and glossy - and the colours are all from vegetable dyes. The rug is in excellent condition with only a few minor repairs.
Size: 1.45 x 1.23m (4' 9" x 4' 0").

Antique Afshar Rug, Neiriz, Southern Persia

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This 'tree-of-life' Afshar rug which measures 1.93 x 1.55m (6' 4" x 5' 1") was made in the environs of Neiriz in southern Persia around 1900. The rug is in good condition with a rare pale yellow field incorporating a tree-of-life and birds are depicted sitting on the branches. The deep indigo-blue border powerfully frames the central field. The last rug I have owned of similar type to this one is illustrated in my newly re-printed book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 121.

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Neiriz, Southern Persia. ...

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This charming little rug was made by nomadic Afshars around 1870 in the region of Neiriz, southern Persia.
It is unusual in that both the warp and weft are cotton and the weaver has created the most amazing large brocaded flatweave panels at each end of the rug! The woollen pile is in excellent condition and incorporates in the indigo-blue field, horizontal lines of 'botehs' or pine-cones.
Size: 1.53m x 1.22m (5' x 4').

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

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This beautiful Afshar 'vase' rug, on an ivory ground, was made by Afshar tribes in the Neiriz area of southern Persia around 1900. All the colours are from vegetable-dyes and the rug is in very good overall condition.
Size: 1.93m x 1.57m (6' 4" x 5' 2")

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

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This is an attractive and most decorative Afshar rug, made around 1900 in Kerman Province, southern Persia by Afshar tribes. The rug is all vegetable dyes and in excellent condition.
Size: 1.90m x 1.42m (6' 3" x 4' 8").