Antique Large Kilim, Pirot, Southern Serbia.

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A magnificent large, nearly square, decorative kilim made and dated 1913 in the Pirot area of southern Serbia.
The colours are beautiful, as are the nicely spaced large diamond lozenges, surrounded by a powerful midnight-blue main border. The date, 1913, can be seen woven into the top right-hand corner of the main border.
Size: 4.00m x 3.90m (13' 2" x 12' 9").

Antique Timuri Flatweave, Sangtschuli Sub-Tribe, Borderlands of ...

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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 inhospitable conditions during the mid 19th century, and using a ground look to weave this remarkable piece.
The last similar Sangtschuli flat-weave 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.
Size: 2.70m x 1.60m (8' 10" x 5' 3").

Antique Soumak Carpet, Lesghi Region, Southern Daghestan, ...

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A most attractive and Soumak carpet in very good overall condition with just a few minor repairs. Woven in the Lesghi area of South Daghestan in the eastern Caucasus around 1900, the simple use of reds and blues makes for a handsome and decorative carpet.
Size: 3.80m x 2.20m (12' 6" x 7' 3")

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 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 Ru Korssi, Baluch Tribes, Western Afghanistan. ...

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The 'Ru Korssi' was a flat-woven decorative cover for the 'mangal' - a wooden frame placed in the tent or mud-brick dwelling under which bowls of burning charcoal were placed. The mangal was then covered with blankets and on the very top, was place the symbolic, decorative cover, the ru korssi.
This stunning ru korssi was woven by Baluch nomads around 1900 and incorporates 'trees-of-life' in the central natural aubergine ground and on either side protected by powerful borders.
The horizontal borders at the top and bottom contain one border line in knotted-pile. Also note at the very bottom of the aubergine field, two differing symbols on either side of the central tree.
I believe this represents the male and female symbols representing eternal life and fertility.
Size: 1.52m x 1.42m (5' 0" x 4' 8").

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

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The dining sofreh was in the main, flatwoven and brocaded although there are exceptions as in those of the Djamshidi which are mainly pile-knotted. The dining sofreh was positioned on the floor of the tent during mealtimes and bowls of food, bread, water and chai placed upon it. The tribespeople would then sit cross-legged around the sofreh, enjoying a tasty meal and good conversation.
This stunning sofreh was made by Baluch tribes in Khorassan province, north-east Persia at the end opf the 19th century and depicts two camel-hair panels with three 'trees-of-life' in each panel. On either side of the camel-hair panels, plain-weave chevrons and brocaded work predominate.
This is a charming example of non-commercial, utilitarian nomadic weaving which would look amazing either hanging on a wall or decorating the floor.
Size: 1.65m x 0.62m (5' 5" x 2' 0").

Antique Bread Sofreh, Luri-Bakhtiari Tribes, The Chahar ...

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I love the powerful side borders which appear to float under the white cotton field of this stunning bread sofreh. Woven by Bakhtiari tribes in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia during the early 20th century, the purpose of this handsome sofreh was to knead the dough to make the bread. Apart from the white cotton field, the rest of the natural colours are woven in wool and
Size: 1.09m x 0.90m (3' 7" x 3' 0").

Antique Tribal Bread Sofreh, Kordi Nomads, Quchan ...

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I just love the charm of this little flatweave sofreh - a woven cloth for kneading the dough to make the wonderful 'lavash' or flat-bread. Woven in basic nomadic conditions on a very narrow loom, where two parts were woven separately and then sewn together, joining up almost perfectly!
The border has been knotted in pile and within the un-dyed ivory ground, the weaver has depicted various important symbols and some animals. The weaver was of Kurdish origin, part of the Kurds who were focibly moved from Kurdistan to Quchan in north-eastern Persia in the 15th century. This charming little bread sofreh dates to the last quarter of the 19th century.
Size: 94cm x 91cm (3' 1" x 3' 0").

Antique Kilim, Senneh, Persian Kurdistan.

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This beautiful and elegant kilim from the Senneh region of Persian Kurdistan, must rank as one of the very best I've handled in 40 years of dealing in antique rugs and kilims. Made during the third quarter of the nineteenth century, the weave is not just incredibly fine but the design is very unusual. In the main, the majority of Senneh kilims have a small 'herati' pattern all over but here we see the small 'herati' pattern in the central square surrounding a large, ivory 'eye' and around this central square, are depicted large 'botehs'.
This kilim has been hung on the wall for many years as it came to me with hanging loops attached to the back, and thus it has been preserved and I suspect, a prized possession to the last owner.
Size: 2.00m x 1.27m (6' 6" x 4' 2").

Antique Kilim, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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This stunning kilim, woven by the Qashqa'i nomads in Fars, south-western Persia circa 1900, has just arrived. The natural colours are superb with a wonderful use of sky-blue, golden yellow, madder-red and green. The kilim is in excellent condition with no repairs and will be extremely decorative on the ideal wood floor.
Size: 2.50m x 1.63m (8' 3" x 5' 4").

Antique Kilim, Shirvan Region, Eastern Caucasus.

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The deep indigo-blue ground of this stunning kilim contains a myriad of diamond-shape lozenges and in a few places, stylised creatures - deer or gazelle - are depicted.
Woven in the Shirvan region of the eastern Caucasus around 1900, the kilim is in excellent overall condition with no repairs whatsoever. For a very similar published example, please refer to 'Qaraja to Quba' by Raoul Tschebull, on page 192.
Size: 2.87m x 1.73m (9' 5" x 5' 8").