Antique Bijar Rug, Kurdish Tribes of Bijar, ...

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BM1690

This fabulous Kurdish Bijar rug has a wonderful array of vegetable colours and a most attractive ivory main border comprising a continuous flower and vine, symbolising the eternal cycle of life.
The field is covered in the 'herati' pattern which consists of two fish swimming around a water lily - symbolising happiness. Made during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the rug is in excellent pile all over. This is certainly a very happy rug!
Size: 2.34m x 1.38m (7' 8" x 4' 6").
£3,750
| $5,226 USD | €4,370 EUR

Senneh Rug, Senneh, Persian Kurdistan.

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BM1606

This tiny little rug or mat was finely knotted in the town of Senneh in Persian Kurdistan during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. It comprises a field of 'botehs' - flame symbols which originated amongst the Zoarostrians in the Province of Kerman and then universally copied.
Weavers from the Kerman area went to Kashmir during the early twentieth century and introduced the 'boteh' to the Kashmiris who then reproduced the design in the famous Kashmir Shawl. The same 'boteh' again was used later in the shawls made in Paisley, Scotland.
This charming little rug is in excellent condition with the selvedges overbound in silk.
Size: 54cm x 35cm (1' 9" x 1' 2").
£950
| $1,324 USD | €1,107 EUR

Antique Kurdish Rug, Kurdistan.

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BM/Kurd

This chunky little rug is really quite charming.
Symmetrically knotted by Kurdish tribes in Kurdistan at the end of the nineteenth century, it is in reasonably good pile all over with attractive natural colours. The price reflects the condition.
Size: 1.30m x 1.14m (4' 3" x 3' 9").
£650
| $906 USD | €758 EUR

Antique Kurdish Rug, Sauj Bolaq, Kurdistan.

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MAC43

The Kurds of Sauj Bolaq produced some of the best Kurdish work up until the end of the 19th century. The wool quality in this magnificent rug is soft and lustrous and the indigo-blue field of small totemic symbols is rich and sumptuous.
Size: 2.30m x 1.34m (7' 6" x 4' 5").
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Antique Kurdish Rug, Sa'uj Bulagh, Eastern Kurdistan. ...

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BM1485

Absolutely magnificent!
This fabulous full-pile rug made by Kurds in the area of Sa'uj Bulagh in the mid to third quarter of the nineteenth century has beautiful, natural, saturated colours. You need to look at the detail images to really see the colour in all its glory. The dark-brown dye was mordanted and has become slightly corroded in over 100 years but this is anything but a defect - it is very attractive to the point of creating a three dimensional look to the rug.
Good Kurdish rugs like this are a rare find these days and in this rug, which has absolutely no repairs and the most wonderful glossy wool, we see a masterpiece of nomadic woven art.
Size: 2.52m x 1.20m (8' 3" x 4' 0").
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Antique Hall Runner, Kurdish Tribes of Bijar, ...

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BM/MJ4

This beautiful hall runner was made by settled Kurdish tribes in the Bijar area of Persian Kurdistan circa 1900. It is in full, lustrous woollen pile throughout with a central field of stylised flowers, referred to as 'mina khani' in Persian or nectar blossom design.
Size: 5.10m x 0.92m (16' 9" x 3' 0").
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Antique Kordi Rug, Kurds of Khorassan, North-East ...

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SM3

During the 1500s, 4,000 Kurdish families were moved from Kurdistan to Quchan in Khorassan Province, to guard the area from invading Turkmen and Uzbeks. Their rugs and bags are quite different from those made in Kurdistan and this powerful example shows the Turkmen influence of large-scale 'guls' depicted in the aubergine field. Although evenly low in pile, this rug is a superb example of early Kordi work from the Quchan area - possibly 1860s.
Size: 2.26m x 1.57m (7' 5" x 5' 2").
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Antique Senneh Rug, Kurdish Tribes of Senneh, ...

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BM923

This most decorative knotted-pile rug was made by Kurds in the region of Senneh in Persian Kurdistan around 1900-1910. All the beautiful colours are natural and the design consists of stylized roses in the central field and in the main border. The rose originated in Persia before being introduced to France and then eventually to the UK. The rug is in full pile i.e. in mint condition.
Size: 2.08m x 1.53m (6' 10" x 5' 0").
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Antique Storage Bag-Face, Jaf Kurds, Kurdistan.

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BM1035

Beautiful vegetable colours were used in the making of this storage bag during the second half of the 19th century by Jaf Kurds in Kurdistan. The wool too is soft and luxuriant and bar two small expertly re-knotted lower corners, the bag is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.09m x 0.76m (3' 7" x 2' 6").
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Antique Kurdish Storage-Bagface, Jaf Nomads, Kurdistan.

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LCBM15

This stunning and powerful weaving was once the face of a large storage-bag, used for containing bedding during long migrations, and made by Jaf-Kurd nomads during the second half of the 19th century. Although its back is missing, this bag-face is probably now more versatile as a floor rug, being in full pile and excellent condition. The weaver has used a beautiful selection of vegetable colours including deep indigo-blue and a gorgeous green. Four powerful Jaf 'guls' (tribal crests) dominate the central field with double-headed sunbirds in the lower elem or skirt. A truly magnificent example of 19th century Kurdish weaving at its best.
Size: 1.09m x 0.84m (3' 7" x 2' 9").
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Antique Senneh Mat, Kurdish Tribes of Senneh, ...

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BM/SA

This charming little mat was made by settled Kurdish tribes in Senneh - originally Sanandaj - capital of Persian Kurdistan - around 1880-1900. The mat is in good overall condition with a very fine knotted weave and all the colours are natural. The overall design is called the 'herati' - stylised fish swimming in a water-garden.
Size: 1.00m x 0.56m (3' 3" x 1' 10").
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Antique Sofreh (Dining Flat-Weave, Kordi Tribes, Quchan ...

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BM921

I love the symbolic movement in this wonderful long sofreh, made by Kurdish tribes in the Quchan region of north-east Persia around 1880. The natural camel-hair field is spontaneously decorated with totemic symbols - not only in the centre but also in the dark-brown border.
Dining sofrehs were used in the tents for placing bowls of food on during mealtimes, along with bread and tea, and the tribes-people would sit around the soffreh cross-legged, eating - just like we use a western table-cloth! Each end of this stunning sofreh is beautifully decorated in brocade-work indicating that it was probably a very precious and highly-prized possession to these nomads.
Size: 3.91m x 0.61m (12' 10" x 2' 0").
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