Antique Shahsevan Bag-Face, Shahsevan Nomads of Moghan, ...

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BM1612

Weavings made by the Shahsevan nomads in the 18th and 19th centuries were, in maost cases, exceptional, and some of the very finest 'soumak' weaving was done by the Shahsevan of the Moghan region of Azerbaijan.
This bag-face, once part of double saddle-bags and now all that remains, is high quality soumak weaving, made in the early 19th century.
The main ivory border depict the symbolic 'double-headed sunbird' - guardians of the gates of Paradise whereas the ancient central symbol might be some sort of zoomorphic creature like a bird or griffin. Highly collectible.
Size: 57cm x 51cm (1' 10" x 1' 8").
£1,500
| $2,090 USD | €1,748 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads of Hashtrud, North-West ...

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LPN4

This magnificent salt-bag - 'namakdan' in Persian - was originally part of my private collection of bags, but I've decided I'd rather pass it on to someone who will enjoy it rather than it stuck in a camphor chest! The bag is rare, complete with braided hanging cord and superb in every way. Woven by Shahsevan nomads in the Hashtrud region of north-west Persia/Azerbaijan, bags like this were used for storing rock-salt which was given to their animals to help in the dehydration process during long migrations. A very collectable salt-bag an illustrated in my 3rd edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 263.
Size: 67cm x 40cm (2' 2" x 1' 4").
£1,450
| $2,021 USD | €1,690 EUR

Antique Chanteh (Vanity-bag), Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, ...

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B17

19th century chantehs (vanity-bags) don't come much earlier than this one!
Found in eastern Turkey some 15 years ago and having been in a private collection until now, I am delighted to offer, probably the earliest chanteh I've ever handled.
Woven by Shahsevan nomads, probably in the early to mid 19th century, this charming little bag would form a major part of a world bag collection. Although the main face of the bag is in very acceptable condition, there have been a number of old re-weaves, particularly at the bottom left and right corners of the bag. The original madder-red plain-weave back remains but damaged at the top. Bearing in mind the hard use this little bag has experienced over 170-200 years, it is hardly surprising about the wear, in fact, it is remarkable that it has survived at all!
The natural colours are amazing. In the central octagonal lozenge which seems to have a strong Turkmen 'gul' connection, and bearing in mind, the Shahsevan originated from Turkmenistan before their migration to Azerbaijan in the 11th century, contains two zoomorphic 'eagles' opposing one another.
This bag, which shows early symbolic representation, is extremely rare and highly collectible.
Size: 24cm (9") square.
£1,250
| $1,742 USD | €1,457 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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LPN7

Another superb Shahsevan salt-bag, this time in knotted-pile on the face and horizontal bands of plain-weave on the back, and made by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan Steppe around the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Stunning in its simplicity with an ivory '8-pointed star' in the centre - a symbol of happiness, fertility and masculinity. Note around the lozenge in the neck of the bag, four 'quincunx' or dice-fives - these symbolise protection against the evil eye.
Size: 48cm x 40cm (1' 7" x 1' 4").
£1,250
| $1,742 USD | €1,457 EUR

Antique Saddle-Bags, Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan.

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These are a fantastic pair of saddle-bags. Woven by Shahsevan nomads in Azerbaijan in the second half 19th century, they are complete with original plain-weave back. The intricate soumack weave all over is just amazing when you think such bags were entirely utilitarian. The colours too, are vibrant vegetable-dye and the design in the central field consist of a myriad of 'birds[heads' lozenges - guardians of the gates of Paradise!
Size: 1.57m x 0.56m (5' 2" x 1' 10").
SOLD

Antique Dining Sofreh, Shahsevan Tribes of Varamin, ...

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BM/S1

Spectacular! A rare natural green field comprising a magnificent lozenge in the centre which I suspect symbolises flowing water, all important in nomadic life with bread and salt.
Woven around 1900-1910, this sofreh was made by Shahsevan nomads in the environs of Veramin in north-west Persia. The dining sofreh, as the name implies, was used to spread on the floor of the tent during mealtimes, or in the presence of special guests or dignitaries, and bowls of food, bread, goats cheese, herbs and tea placed upon it. the nomads and their guests would sit cross-legged around the sofreh, eating and conversing.
I love it and I've had trouble parting with it!!
Size: 1.10m x 0.77m (3' 7" x 2' 6").
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Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan, Azerbaijan

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BM554

A rare and beautiful Salt-Bag (Namakdan), woven by Shahsevan tribes in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan during the mid 19th century. Salt-bags of this quality and age are extremely rare in todays market-place and this is a great example of its type.
Size: 61cm x 40cm (2' 0" x 1' 4").
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Antique Saddle-Bags, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan.

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BM/PC12

Why I'm selling this beautiful and visually attractive 'khorjin' (saddle-bags) I have no idea, as they have been in my personal collection for many years! Anyway, I hope they will find a good home where they will be appreciated for the stunning quality they are.
Illustrated in my 3rd edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 264, they were made by Shahsevan nomads in Azerbaijan during the last quarter of the 19th Century. The overall design appears to be stylised 'trees' and on the back, the charming depiction of stylised birds and various other symbols including a quadruped with body missing! These wonderful bags are in excellent complete overall condition and have been loved and well looked after.
Size: 1.25 x 0.53m (4' 1" x 1' 9").
SOLD

Mafrash Panel, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Plain, Azerbaijan. ...

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BM/Panel

This bedding-bag panel was woven by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan Plain around 1870-1880. The large bedding-bag or cargo-bag ('mafrash' in Persian) was used for transporting bedding during long migrations. Such mafrash were heavily used and thus often came apart, were discarded and new mafrash woven. This side panel is particularly attractive and rare as it incorporates the stylised 'peacock' or 'winged griffin' in three horizontal bands - two bands woven in madder-red and a single central band in indigo-blue.
Size: 1.05m x 0.61m (3' 5" x 2' 0").
SOLD

Antique Mafrash Panel, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, ...

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BM/DR123

Here we see one of three fabulous mafrash (bedding-bag) panels recently acquired.
Woven by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan Plain around 1870-1880, these panels originally comprised a large bedding-bag or cargo-bag, used for transporting bedding during long migrations. Such mafrash were heavily used and thus often came apart, were discarded and new mafrash woven. These panels are particularly attractive and rare as they incorporate the stylised 'peacock' or 'winged griffin' in three horizontal bands - two bands woven in madder-red and a single central band in indigo-blue.
Size: 1.05m x 0.61m (3' 5" x 2' 0").
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Antique Half Saddlebag Face, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan, ...

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BM1147

This fantastic half saddlebag face was woven in warp-face technique around the mid 19th century. Sadly, the back is missing but the most important part of the bag remains - the face. Each compartment contains '8-pointed stars' - symbols of spirituality and protection - in beautiful natural shades of indigo-blue, turquoise, golden yellow and madder-red.
Size: 53cm x 62cm (1' 9" x 2' 0").
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Antique Saddle-Bags (khorjin), Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan, Azerbaijan. ...

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Complete 19th century saddle-bags are scarce these days as most were cut in half and used to make cushions. Here we see an extremely finely woven pair of bags, complete in every way, with saturated natural colours and made by Shahsevan nomads in the second half of the 19th century.
Size: 1.23m x 0.51m (4' 0" x 1' 8").
SOLD