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 Timuri Rug, Sangtschuli Sub-Tribe, Borderlands of ...

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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").

Antique Dining Sofreh, Baluch - Djamshidi ...

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Illustrated in my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 130 this is a magnificent example of the rare Baluch Djamshidi sofrehs, comprising a natural camel-hair field with elegant 'tree-of-life' in the centre. The tree rises from the underground, through the earthly world and with branches emanating in the world of the spirit. On the branches of the tree are tiny flowering shrubs.
The field is framed by a large, main border with '8-pointed stars' and the sofreh retains its complete kilim skirts at each end. Dating to the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the sofreh is in excellent condition with no repairs whatsoever. Very collectable.
Size: 1.27m x 0.71m (4' 2" x 2' 4").

Antique Dining Sofreh, Timuri - Sangtschuli Tribe, ...

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A rare and magnificent dining Sofreh (flatweave) made by the Timuri - Sangtschuli tribe on the border area of north-east Persia and north-western Afghanistan around the mid 19th century.
This is a museum piece that I've brought out of my personal collection to pass on to a passionate collector who appreciates such amazing flatweaves. The sofreh, which is complete with beautiful brocaded skirts, incorporates a small tree design throughout the central field with highlights of silk and metal thread.
For its age, this sofreh is in amazing condition.
Size: 1.52m x 0.91m (5' x 3') approx. TBC

Antique Timuri 'Palas', Sangtschuli Sub-Tribe, Borderlands of ...

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'Palas' or flat-weaves of the Timuri Sangtschuli tribe 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 very inhospitable conditions during the mid 19th century, and using a ground loom to weave this remarkable piece.
The last similar Sangtschuli Palas 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.
On a separate note, for those interested in these amazing Palas weaves, see the recently published book 'Baluch Textiles - Back to the Roots' by Jorg Affentranger and Wolfgang Windau. Highly recommended.
Size: 2.70m x 1.60m (8' 10" x 5' 3").

Antique Timuri Tribal Rug, Possibly Dokhtar-e-Qazi, Borderlands ...

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A truly beautiful Timuri rug, possibly made by the Dokhtar-e-Qazi tribe in the borderlands of north-eastern Persia and north-western Afghanistan circa 1900.
The overall field design of small shrubs is typical of the Dokhtar-e-Qazi tribes. The main madder-red border is unusual with a flower and vine pattern and surrounded on both sides by interlinking 'S' symbols on a pale yellow background.
The rug is in excellent condition, complete with stunning brocaded skirts, albeit the lower left corner has a very slight nibble out of it which I am having restored.
A truly superb rug.
Size: 1.70m x 0.84m (5' 7" x 2' 9").

Antique Bread Sofreh, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan Province, ...

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This magnificent, finely woven and knotted-pile bread sofreh has been in my personal collection for a few years. It is one of the best of type that I've come across in 40 years of dealing and collecting.
The central aubergine field is in fine plain-weave technique and it is surrounded by a very finely knotted-pile border containing the continuous vine, symbolising the eternal cycle of life.
Bearing in mind it was made during the second half nineteenth century, this sofreh is in remarkable condition and is complete with brocade and plain-weave 'elems' or skirts.
Size: 3' 10" square

Antique Prayer-Rug, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

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This rare, small size Baluch prayer-rug has a beautiful drawing of the 'tree-of-life' on a natural camel-hair field and unusual yet striking, palmette in the prayer niche.
The hand-panels contain a simply-drawn 'tree' in each, again on natural camel-hair background.
In excellent condition and dating to circa 1880, this charming little rug retains its original plain-weave ends.
Size: 1.42m x 0.76m (4' 8" x 2' 6").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri - Yaqoub Khani Tribe, ...

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Beautifully balanced design of 'trees-of-life' rising upwards on a natural undyed, camel-ground field, from the underworld to the branches symbolising the world of the spirit.
Made by the Yaqoub Khani Timuri during the last quarter of the 19th century, the rug is in excellent condition, albeit with some very tiny repairs, and is complete with its brocaded and slit-tapestry skirts at either end.
The wool quality is amazing, soft and silky, and this rug would make an amazing wall-hanging.
A truly beautiful prayer-rug which needs to be seen to fully appreciate the subtle natural colours.
Size: 1.55m x 0.84m (5' 1" x 2' 9").

Antique Sofreh, Timuri - Sangtschuli Tribe, Borderlands ...

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This dining sofreh is unusual for its small, narrow size. They are more usually around 91cm wide, whereas this one is only 43cm, so my guess is that it was specially made for a young child - possibly for the son of the tribal chief? He too, was an important person within the tribe, being the successor to his father.
Woven by a Timuri - Sangtschuli tribal weaver circa 1880-1900, the sofreh is in complete condition with the central part woven in soumak technique. The selvedges are strongly bound in goat-hair.
Dining sofrehs were used in the tents to place food, bread and tea on while the nomads would sit around the sofreh cross-legged and eat.
Sofrehs of this age and type now are rare and this is a very fine example of late 19th century work. These sofrehs look particularly good draped over a chest for maximum impact.
Size: 1.45 x 0.43m (4' 9" x 1' 5").

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

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This charming little Baluch rug has to be seen and handled to appreciate the beautiful natural colours and soft, glossy wool. Observe the close-up photos for a better idea of true colour. Made in the Khorassan region of north-east Persia by Baluch tribes circa 1880 to 1900, the rug has an overall unusual field design of small shrubs and also an uncommon main madder-red border. In very good condition.
I have decided to take a few more photos in daylight in order to try and show the beautiful colours.
Size: 1.52m x 0.92m (5' x 3').

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Province, North-east ...

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Here we see a powerful rendition of the 'scorpion' symbol, depicted on a natural camel-hair ground. The use of the scorpion knotted or woven into rugs is specifically to keep out live scorpions from entering the rug itself! Having sat on Qashqa'i rugs with scorpion symbols, I can tell you that sometimes it worked and other times it didn't!!! However, we should be relatively safe from scorpions here in the West!
I love the movement of the scorpions in horizontal layers, facing in both directions. Note in the mihrab, the double-headed sunbird - guardians of the gates of Paradise. The main border, according to Siawosh Azadi in his book 'Carpets in the Baluch Tradition', might originate from the Baluch of Torbat-e-Haidariyeh or Torbat-e-Djam in Khorassan Province in north-east Persia.
This stunning prayer-rug was probably made circa 1900 and is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.65m x 0.84m (5' 5" x 2' 9").