Antique Soumak, Kuba Region, South-Eastern Caucasus.

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BM1770

Carpets woven in the soumak technique don't come much better than this one!
Acquired from a private English house where it had been hanging on a wall for over 60 years, the overall condition is excellent. Woven in the Kuba region of the south-eastern Caucasus during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, this is an unusually large size as most soumaks made in this area were a good bit smaller. You have to look closely at the overall symbolic representation and particularly interesting is the upper-most blue lozenge with its depiction of two men standing above what might presumably be horses! Note also, horses depicted in the outer field as well as other stylised creatures and birds scattered throughout.
This is an amazing and highly collectible carpet which would provide a fantastic floor covering.
Size: 3.60m x 2.26m (11' 10" x 7' 5").
£8,500

Antique Shirvan Rug, Shirvan Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

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BM1763

I love the indigo-blue ground in this small, square nineteenth century Shirvan rug from the eastern Caucasus incorporating a stunning array of natural colours throughout.
Looking closely at the design, there are 'birds-heads lozenges, floral motifs and zoomorphic bird-like creatures. The main ivory border with its continuous vine symbolising the eternal cycle of life, is a popular border in this part of the eastern Caucasus.
The pile, which was originally cropped short to give a beautifully defined pattern to the symbols, is now evenly-low all over. This is a great, collectible rug.
Size: 1.68m x 1.39m (5' 6" x 4' 7").
£4,500

Antique Armenian Corridor Carpet, Armenia.

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BM/JS3

Stunning sky-blue dominates the field of this handsome corridor carpet, made in Armenia around 1900. The overall knotted pile is evenly low, but still hard wearing enough to place on the floor in a hallway. A very attractive carpet.
Size: 3.15m x 1.24m (10' 4" x 4' 1").
£2,750

Antique Gendje Rug, Gendje, South-Western Caucasus.

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BM1709

Small rugs like this one from the Gendje area in the south-west Caucasus are unusual.
The striking diagonal bands of indigo-blue and golden yellow fill the central field disappearing under the borders and out into infinity. Thus the weaver has captured a small part of Paradise and protected it by surrounding it with stunning borders. The ivory border is particularly attractive and the rug is complete albeit some minor loss to the lower outer border. The wool is lustrous and in full pile all-over. A superb little rug made circa 1900.
Size: 1.53 x 1.16m (5' 0" x 3' 10").
£2,500

Antique Karachov Rug, Kazak Mountains, South-West Caucasus. ...

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BM/K1

This magnificent, mint condition rug was made in Karachov in the Kazak Mountains, south-west Caucasus during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The classic Karachov design in this fabulous rug has been knotted in soft, lustrous natural-dye wool. It is certainly one of the best Karachovs I've laid my eyes on.
Size: 2.80m x 1.78m (9' 2" x 5' 10").
SOLD

Antique Prayer-Rug, Gendje, South-Western Caucasus.

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BM1681

Sold in the early 1990s and illustrated in all three editions of my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent', I have acquired it back. However, I have seen it again and again over the years, hanging in a house where it was well-loved.
Made in the area of Gendje in the south-western Caucasus around 1870, this charming little prayer-rug with its very subtlety woven prayer-niche, contains a field of diagonal bands with small symbols often found in the Caucasus and amongst the Shahsevan nomads. The main ivory border is powerfully drawn and frames the field. In very good overall condition, this is a highly collectible and rare example of this area.
Size: 1.32m x 0.91m (4' 4" x 3' 0").
SOLD

Antique Perepidal Rug, Perepidal Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

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BM/MI2

This is a most unusual Perepidal rug with its two floral symbols in the central, glowing, indigo-blue field. Around the large flowers are very stylised birds which can be seen in the close-up photos. Other than this rare field design, the borders are typically from the region of Perepidal and the natural colours, including the fabulous sky-blue, are just magnificent.
This rug probably dates to the last quarter of the 19th century and is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.95m x 1.40m (6' 5" x 4' 7").
SOLD

Antique 'Sewan' Kazak, South-Western Caucasus

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BM754

This magnificent 'Sewan' Kazak has an archaic yet simplicity of design. Its powerful central cruciform is beautifully drawn and the fabulous main border with its zoomorphic 'birds' gives symbolic protection to the central field. A truly fabulous rug, earlier in age to many in private collections.
2.57m x 1.65m (8' 5" x 5' 5").
SOLD

Antique Prayer-Rug, Borjalou Region, South-West Caucasus.

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BM/J1

This magnificent prayer-rug was made in Borjalou in the south-western Caucasus and dated 1905. Particularly attractive is the beautiful green field incorporating a variety of tribal symbols and in the very centre of the rug, the depiction of a little human. The main borders are typically 'Borjalou' as is the weave. The rug is in very good overall condition with a few very tiny re-weaves and an evenly-low pile.
Size: 1.53 x 1.13m (5' 0" x 3' 9").
SOLD

Antique Prayer-Rug, Kuba, Eastern Caucasus.

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BM1673

This delightful little prayer-rug was made in the Kuba region, eastern Caucasus, circa 1880-1900.
The madder-red field has a plethora of '8-pointed stars' - symbols of protection. The stars, in different natural colours, appear to disappear under the borders and out into infinity. The weaver has captured that small part of Paradise, built borders around it, to keep evil spirits from entering. The ivory main border with its symbols combination of '8-pointed stars' and 'quincunx' or 'fives', is extremely powerful and again, affording protection. The mihrab is highlighted in natural green and the rug is in very good condition, albeit the pile is evenly low all over.
I love it!
Size: 1.43 x 0.92m (4' 8" x 3' 0").
SOLD

Antique Armenian Rug, Armenia.

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BM1760

Dated 1918 in the solar calendar, 1337 in the Islamic calendar, this beautiful rug with its glorious shades of indigo-blue, is bold and exciting in every way. Look closely and you can pick out stylised creatures depicted in various parts of the rug. With all natural colours, this stunning rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 2.64m 1.70m (8' 8" x 5' 7").
SOLD

Antique Prayer-Rug, Akstafa, Eastern Caucasus

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BM540

This visually stunning little prayer-rug was made in the Akstafa region of the eastern Caucasus during the last quarter of the 19th century. The colours are all vegetable and consist of a beautiful cochineal-red in the central field and a lovely use of green in the outer border (which looks blue'ish in the main photo).
Size: 1.48m x 0.82m (4' 10" x 2' 8").
SOLD