Antique Kilim, Pirot, Southern Serbia.

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BM1756

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").
£7,000

Antique Kilim, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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BM1744

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 by Shahsevan tribes around 1900, the kilim is in excellent overall condition with no repairs whatsoever. A very attractive floor covering.
Size: 2.87m x 1.73m (9' 5" x 5' 8").
£3,750

Antique 'Shiraki' Flat-Weave, Khamseh Confederacy Tribes, Eastern ...

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BM1794

Of all the flatwoven floor coverings, the least known is the 'palas'. The 'palas' was made by various tribes in Persia - the most common being from Kerman Province in the south and Khorassan Province in the north-east of the country. This particular palas is known as 'shiraki', made by Arab tribes within the Khamseh Confederacy of eastern Fars Province, south Persia circa 1900. The home of these nomads is between Abadeh and Darab and as far south to western Kerman and Minab. Many were woven in two halves and expertly joined together as well as in one complete piece, like this one. The pattern and design in all of them is provided by tiny repeating motifs, and in this case, the repeating pattern comprises tiny birds, woven in weft-float brocading on an ivory cotton background. Shiraki like this one, are rare.
Size: 2.13m x 1.68m (7' 0" x 5' 6").
£3,500

Antique Kilim, Luri Tribes, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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BM1676

This kilim, made by Luri nomads in Luristan circa 1890-1900, is in excellent condition, with a field design of diagonal bands of 'eyes', symbolically warding off everything bad. Very decorative and floor worthy.
Size: 2.06m x 1.27m (6' 9" x 4' 2").
£2,250

Antique Kilim Ru Korssi, Luri Nomads, Luristan, ...

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BM1745

This stunning kilim, with is fabulous abrash of madder-red and a field of 'swastika' type elements - pre-Islamic symbols for breaking evil down into four parts (rather ironically) - was made by Luri nomads in Luristan around the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
I believe its purpose was as a 'ru korssi' - a decorative cover over a wooden frame, under which were placed bowls of burning charcoal during the cold nights, and where the nomads could sit around the ru korssi and warm their toes under the decorative kilim covering.
Ru korssis like this large size are rare and now perfect as a beautiful floor covering.
Size: 2.34m x 1.50m (7' 8" 5' 0").
£1,750

Antique Kilim, Kurdish Tribes of Bijar, Persian ...

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BM1674

This beautiful and remarkable kilim was woven by settled Kurds in the Bijar area of Persian Kurdistan circa 1900. The beautiful indigo-blue ground contains a myriad of roses and in the centre, the depiction of a rose bursting into life with the warmth of the sun - the most powerful symbol in nomadic life. The natural colours are truly superb - different shades of blue, green, red and golden-yellow.
Size: 2.35 x 1.35m (7' 9" x 4' 5").
£1,650

Antique Dining Sofreh, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of ...

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BM1755

The dining sofreh was the equivalent of a table-cloth in the West, but was spread out on the floor of the tent during mealtimes with bread, food and tea placed upon it. The nomads would then sit around the sofreh, cross-legged, and eat.
This beautiful dining sofreh, with its natural camel-hair field and long, intricately woven skirts, was made by Timuri nomads in the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan around 1880. It is in excellent, complete condition with no repairs whatsoever.
Size: 1.40m 0.69m (4' 7" x 2' 3").
£1,450

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

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BM/Sofreh

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 the sofreh is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.09m x 0.90m (3' 7" x 3' 0").
£1,400

Antique Kilim, Senneh, Persian Kurdistan.

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BM1700

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").
SOLD

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

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B17

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").
SOLD

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

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BM1599

This stunning flat-woven Jajim - sometimes referred to as a 'Moj' which means 'wave' in Persian, was intricately woven by Qashqa'i nomads in Fars, south-western Persia, circa 1900.
It is extremely unusual in its design - most look like the example in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 186, if you have access to a copy! Otherwise you know where to find one!! The weaving in these jajims is incredible when you think they were woven on basic ground looms! This technique is highly sophisticated and beats anything woven in kilim-weave and I suspect the weaver in this case was a master at her art. Jajims were mainly used for compartmentalising the tents into rooms and like kilims, were used for covering the bedding around the circumference of the tent and also covering the storage-bags on the camels while on migration. This Moj is harder wearing than a kilim and can be used on the floor with a good underlay to hold it firmly down.
Size: 2.41m x 1.60m (8' 0" x 5' 3").
SOLD

Antique Flatweave Dining Sofreh, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands ...

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BM1613

This rare and incredibly stunning coral-ground dining sofreh was made around 1870 by Timuri nomads on the Persian/Afghan border region. The cross in the centre symbolises protection - a pre-Islamic symbol for breaking down evil into four parts, thus giving protection to the food placed upon the sofreh during meal-times. Although the sofreh was made entirely from wool with goat-hair selvedges, the Timuri weaver has inserted highlights of silk which I suspect was made for an important member of the tribe, possibly the khan or chief. Camel-hair is more often found in the field of sofrehs but in this instance, the use of a natural coral dye is much rarer.
The brocaded skirts are superb in intricate brocaded weave, putting a stunning finishing touch to a highly-prized utilitarian weaving.
Size: 1.50m x 0.84m (4' 11" x 2' 9").
SOLD