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

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A rare and charming rug of the Baluch nomads of Khorassan Province, north-east Persia and made around 1870-1880. The natural camel-hair field contains a myriad of stylised creatures - peacocks, deer, gazelle and even a little chicken at the very top left. The outer and inner borders contain seated camels and the main border, stylised peacocks - symbols of immortality and wealth. Note the ivory date inserted into the main border lower middle left .
The rug, which is in excellent condition, is complete with goat-hair selvedges and ivory elems.
Size: 1.53 x 0.91m (5' 0" x 3' 0").

Antique Baluch Rug, Mahdad Khani Tribe, Ferdows ...

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This stunning Baluch rug was made by the Mahdad Khani tribe around 1880 in the region of Ferdows in south-east Persia. It contains 2 vertical rows of 5 'Teke' guls - a link at some point or another with a powerful Turkmen tribe or possibly inter-marriage?
The rug is in very good overall condition with extremely attractive and decorative skirts each end.
Size: 1.82m x 0.99m (6' 0" x 3' 3").

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

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This beautiful, small, early Baluch rug has fabulous, glossy wool, as would be expected from a second half 19th century Baluch, and in very good overall condition.
The main border design is unusual and most attractive and the inner border is knotted in natural camel-hair. This is a very collectible rug from the Khorassan Baluch nomads.
Size: 1.06m x 0.81m (3' 6" x 2' 8").

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Bahluli Sub-Tribe, South-East ...

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The Bahluli Baluch occupied the south-eastern part of Persia and this charming rug with a natural camel-hair field, would have been made around 1870-1880. It is in very good condition with some expert re-piling, mainly in parts of the outer border and selvedge area.
The camel field contains a myriad of octagonal '8-pointed stars' and the main ivory border, containing 'X' symbols.
Size: 1.55m x 0.81m (5' 1" x 2' 8").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Taimani Tribes, The Chahar Aimaq ...

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The Taimani nomads inhabit a large part of west-central Afghanistan, particularly around Charchagan in the provinces of Ghor and Farah and are by far, the largest tribe in the Chahar Aimaq confederation. They are semi-nomadic, migrating from their mud-brick houses at the end of March and taking their flocks to the high summer pastures until their return in September. During this time, they live in square, felt-covered yurts.
The wool used by the Taimani comes from the Ghilzai sheep, which is renowned for being soft and lustrous. This can be seen in this charming little prayer-rug, made around 1920 and in excellent condition with its attractive tufted kilim skirts - all intact.
Size: 1.14m 0.77m (3' 9" x 2' 6").

Antique Saddlebag-Face, Mushwani Tribe, Herat & Badghis ...

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Once, part of a double saddlebag, this remaining knotted-pile face was made by Mushwani tribes in the Herat and Badghis regions of western Afghanistan at the end of the nineteenth century.
The Mushwani are a Persian-speaking people of Pashtun ancestry who inhabited the mountains of the Amu Darya river region and their weavings are regularly mistaken for Baluch.
The wool is soft and lustrous and this bagface is in very good condition.
Size: 74cm 63cm (2' 5" x 2' 1").

Ru-Korssi, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan Province, North-East Persia. ...

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A very attractive and beautifully woven Ru-Korssi (cover), made by Baluch tribes in the Khorassan area of north-east Persia, probably in the mid 20th century.
The quality of the work is masterful having a natural camel-hair ground with a stylised pre-Islamic cross in the centre surrounded by four 'trees-of-life'. The main border is superbly executed using a symbol often found in nineteenth century Timuri weavings.
Although there is a mix of natural and synthetic colours, it shows how this fine weaving can be found from the mid 20th century.
Size: 1.32m x 1.25m (4' 4" x 4' 1").

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

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Rare, early Baluchis like this one are few and far between and particularly in such very good condition.
Made around 1860 in Khorassan Province, north-eastern Persia, a similar example can be seen in the V & A collection, but not as early as this one! The intense indigo-blue field depicts a serrated leaf adjoining flower-heads - possibly nectar-blossom - and the continuous vine main border symbolises the eternal cycle of life. This fabulous Baluch is in excellent condition with a few expertly-done repairs and retains its long chevron skirts at each end.
This rug is among the best of nineteenth century Khorassan Baluch rugs and is highly collectible.
Size: 2.50m x 1.30m (8' 3" x 4' 3").

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

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This Baluch rug ranks up amongst the very best with its fabulous indigo-blue field incorporating attractive sky-blue lozenges. The glowing madder-red main border depicts the 'hashie anguri' or grape-vine pattern. In excellent condition, and made circa 1870, this Baluch will be on display and for sale at the HALI Fair in London from the 27th - 30th June.
Size: 2.14m x 1.07m (7' 0" x 3' 6").

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

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Magnificent natural colours abound in this rare and superb rug of the Baluch nomads of north-east Persia, made around 1870. The natural camel-hair field contains what appear to be stylised leaves in shades of vegetable aubergine, turquoise, light and mid indigo-blues. The main border is stunning with its light-blue continuous vine running all the way round on a glowing madder-red background colour. The only damage on the rug is in the two narrow bands of dark-brown soumack weave in both skirts, where the dark-brown dye has corroded due to the mordant effect. The lower skirt has the worst of the damage and I have had the bands sewn onto a backing cloth to protect from any further damage rather than remove the skirts completely which would, in my mind, amount to sacrilege! The rug is such a superb example of its type that I feel it should be placed in a very quiet room or hung on a wall - a great way to admire such a fabulous piece.
Size: 2.03m x 1.05m (6' 8" x 3' 5").

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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As illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent', I recently acquired this rug back from a private collection. It has a soft natural-dye colour palette with an aubergine field containing small stylised human representation up both sides, which I see as the symbolic depiction of fertility and birth. The wool is soft and lustrous and the rug is in very good condition with the remains of its flat-woven skirts at each end. Made by Baluch tribes on the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan.
Size: 1.98m x 1.10m (6' 6" x 3' 7").

Antique Baluch Rug, Bahluli Sub-Tribe, Sistan Province, ...

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This rug has been in my personal collection for many years and has been one of my all-time favourite Baluchi rugs. I've had great pleasure from it and now it is time for someone else to enjoy it. This is probably one of the best Bahluli Baluch rugs I've seen over the years, with it fabulous array of vegetable colours - indigo-blue, madder-red, turquoise, pea-green and highlights of natural undyed ivory wool. The aubergine field contains a myriad of 'birds-heads' lozenges interspersed with various symbols and, if you look closely, you will observe a few animal figures. The outer red and inner ivory borders are most attractive having a scroll-like design, which I suspect might symbolise flowing water. The long flat-woven skirts are intact at each end of the rug - a very desirable feature.
The rug is illustrated in the third edition of my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 126.
Size: 1.82m x 0.91m (6' 0" x 3' 0").