Antique Khorjin (saddle-bags), Shahsevan Nomads of Qeydar, ...

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BM1655

This complete khorjin (saddle-bags) dates to the mid nineteenth century - a very rare find these days - as most were cut up into two halves by unscrupulous Eastern dealers, who could see more of a monetary advantage in selling the two halves separately! These fabulous bags, which were made by Shahsevan nomads in the Qeydar area - near Zanjan in north-west Persia - have early, saturated, vegetable-dye colours, woven in soumak technique and in very good condition with original madder-red plain-weave back. Highly collectable and rare.
Size: 86cm x 36cm (2' 10" x 1' 2").
£2,500
| $3,484 USD | €2,914 EUR

Antique Namakdan (salt-bag), Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan.

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BM/LPN11

Another recent acquisition, this handsome namakdan (salt-bag), woven in flat-weave technique by Shahsevan nomads circa 1900, contains a field of hooked lozenges, disappearing under the border and out into infinity. the bag is in mint condition bar a break in the braided handle which will be repaired. The back is in typical plain-weave technique with horizontal bands of different colours.
Size: 41cm x 35cm (1' 4" x 1' 2").
£1,750
| $2,439 USD | €2,039 EUR

Antique Half Saddlebag-Face, Shahsevan Nomads of Hashtrud, ...

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BM1625

Weavings made by the Shahsevan nomads in the 18th and 19th centuries were, in most cases, exceptional, and some of the very finest 'soumak' weaving was done by the Shahsevan of the Hashtrud and Moghan regions of north-west Persia and Azerbaijan.
This bag-face, once part of double saddle-bags and now all that remains, is high quality soumak weaving, made in the early - mid 19th century by Hashtrud Shahsevan.
The main ivory border depicts 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 Bag-Face, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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BM/S1

One of a pair of early to mid nineteenth century saddle-bag faces, woven in soumak technique by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan plain. The colours are superbly old and saturated in this complete half of what was once a full khorjin (saddle-bags). The other half is illustrated on my website. These are highly collectable weavings from an early period of Shahsevan production.
Size: 53cm x 47cm (1' 9" x 1' 6").
£1,450
| $2,021 USD | €1,690 EUR

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

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BM/S2

Here we see one of a pair of early-mid nineteenth century half saddle-bag faces, woven in soumak technique by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan plain. The old natural colours are beautifully saturated and the bag-face is complete, albeit without its other half and plain-weave back. Highly collectable.
Size: 51cm x 47cm (1' 8" x 1' 6").
£1,450
| $2,021 USD | €1,690 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 Khorjin (saddle-bags), Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan Region, ...

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BM/LPN6

Just acquired from a private collection, this superb khorjin (saddle-bags) was woven in soumak technique by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan around 1870-1880.
The khorjin is in excellent complete condition with original lappits and ties and given the purpose of hard use on tribal migrations, the weaver has even sewn leather strips onto the base of the bag and around the lappits, in order to protect it from daily wear. This is a truly magnificent and rare khorjin in amazing condition.
Size: 1.50m x 0.56m (4' 11" x 1' 10").
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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").
SOLD

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").
SOLD

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

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").
SOLD