Antique Khamseh Confederacy Carpet, Baharlu Tribe, South-West ...

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Made circa 1870 by the Baharlu taifeh of the Khamseh Confederacy in Fars, south-west Persia, this extremely fine and rare carpet is in very good overall condition albeit with evenly-low pile. The three central flower-heads are surrounded by the 'herati' pattern throughout, symbolising two fish swimming around water-lilies.
The natural colours are vibrant as is the main border design depicting a continouos vine symbolising the eternal cycle of life. The carpet needs to be seen to fully appreciate the fineness of design and quality of the colours.
Size: 3.20m x 1.93m (10' 6" x 6' 4").

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Carpet, Fars Proivince, South-West ...

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This beautiful carpet was made by one of the five tribes that form the Khamseh Confederation in Fars Province, south-west Persia during the lat quarter of the nineteenth century. The overall field design contains large botehs with smaller botehs internally and referred to as the 'mother & child' boteh, symbolising fertility and birth. All the colours are natural providing a stunning palette. The main border consists of a continuaous vine with small flowers and botehs, symbolising the eternal cycle of life.
A truly fabulous carpet.
Size: 3.05m x 2.13m (10' 0" x 7' 0").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Safi Khani Taifeh, Fars ...

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I love the beautiful drawing of design on this 19th century rug, possibly made by the Safi Khani taifeh within the Qashqa'i Confederacy. I see the rounded shapes as stylised flowers, opening up to the sun, the most important symbol in tribal life providing life! The madder-red ground is glowing and apart from brown-dye corrosion, the rug is in very good overall condition.
Size: 1.83m x 1.27m (6' 0" x 4' 2").

Antique Gabbeh, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

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When I was offered this unusual rug, I was mesmerised by the huge amount of the natural green colour, which is very unusual and rare in tribal rugs.
This rug was made as a 'gabbeh' - a relatively coarse knotted-pile rug with a lustrous, woollen pile for everyday use in the tents to give warmth and hard wear. These gabbehs were also used as blankets to cover children during the cold, winter nights.
Dated 1340 in the Islamic calendar, 1922 in the solar calendar, the gabbeh incorporates two large 'birds-heads' loxenges on that wonderful green field and surrounded by a main ivory border with a 'tree-of-life' design all the way round.
As gabbehs were given extremely hard use in the tents, few today of this age have survived. This one is in very good overall condition with full pile throughout.
Size: 1.63m x 1.40m (5' 4" x 4' 7").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Shesh Boluki Sub-Tribe, Fars ...

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I love natural indigo-blue ground rugs, particularly where the wool used is exceptional and the blue glows like oil floating on water. This rug has to be seen to fully appreciate the gorgeous shades of blue, covered by a myriad of stylised flowers or shrubs. The main border has a powerful rendition of stylised trees on a natural un-dyed ivory background framing the field.
This rug, which I suspect was made by the Shesh-Boluki sub-tribe within the Qashqa'i confederacy, was made circa 1900 and is in very good overall condition with no repairs.
Size: 2.06m x 1.22m (6' 9" x 4' 0").

Antique Bread Sofreh, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, ...

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Bread sofrehs were used for kneading and rolling the dough to make 'lavash' - the delicious Persian flat-bread. Such utilitarian items were never intended for the commercial markets and few survive the ravages of time, today.
This charming little square sofreh, smaller than normal, might have been made by a young Qashqa'i girl for her use only or it might even have been a dowry weaving. The field depicting small tiles or diamond shapes and the golden-yellow border, is woven in weft-float patterning with the outer and inner borders and the symbolic cross and three 'flowers' having tufts of knotted pile on an indigo-blue plain-weave structure.
This sofreh, made during the early 20th century, is complete and in excellent condition.
Was 975 now 750.
Size: 76cm x 80cm (2' 6" x 2' 8").

Antique Qashqa'i Khan Carpet, Kashkuli Sub-Tribe, Fars ...

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This magnificent carpet, with its sky-blue ground covered in stylised fish, referred to as the 'herati' design, was made for a Khan, and in this case, within the Kashkuli taifeh (sub-tribe). The stylised fish, usually two, swimming around water-lilies, symbolically depicts happiness. The design is therefore a water-garden.
The carpet, made by the Kashkuli circa 1860, is extremely finely knotted with rare silk wefts and in excellent overall condition.
Size: 2.40m x 1.60m (7' 10" x 5' 3").

Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Fars Province, South-West ...

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This rug had been hanging on the wall of a collector's English home for 40 years! It's an amazing rug. The animal and bird imagery is quite unique and I can say that it is one of the most interesting Qashqa'i rugs I've ever seen. Spend some time looking at the close-up images and you will see the phenomenal number of stylised creatures that abound throughout. I can see why the collector had it on his wall where he was able to just sit and look at it. The overall condition of the pile is very good. There are a few areas with minor wear and some old repairs but nothing major. The colours are all natural and I would guess the age of the rug to be circa 1860-1870. I can't speak highly enough of this rug - it's magnificent.
For the collector of Qashqa'i rugs, this is one not to be missed!
Size: 2.24m x 1.25m (7' 4" x 4' 1").

Antique Gabbeh, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

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Simply magnificent! Superb vegetable colours creating a wonderful colour palette. Made during the second half of the 19th century by Qashqa'i tribes in Fars Province, south-west Persia, gabbehs were made then for everyday use in the tents and for wrapping-up children during the long cold winter nights. Today, gabbehs are rare - most were used and discarded when worn out. Those that remain have become highly collectable. The overall condition of this gabbeh is good - evenly low pile but very acceptable.
Size: 2.34m x 1.40m (7' 8" x 4' 7").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Kashkuli Sub-Tribe, Fars Province, ...

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Qashqa'i elegance personified! Just magnificent and just in today. The Kashkuli were the finest weavers within the Qashqa'i Confederacy and here we see an example of their best work. Look at the close-up images for the best colour - glowing natural dyes throughout - with a near-blue/black field containing Qashqa'i 'scorpion' lozenges in different colours and disappearing out under the borders. The madder-red spandrels contain elegant curvilinear 'botehs' and the glowing indigo-blue main border has a continual two fish swimming around a water-lily, symbolising happiness.
A truly fabulous rug in excellent condition.
Size: 1.90m x 1.22m (6' 3" x 4' 0").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Fars Province, South-West Persia ...

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This magnificent rug was made by the Qashqa'i tribes, around 1870/1880. The overall condition of the rug is excellent. The natural colours are wonderful and I love the two stylized figures in the centre!
Size: 1.80m x 1.10m (6' 0" x 3' 10").

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Tribal Rug, South-West Persia ...

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The quality of the wool on this rug made by the tribes of the Khamseh Confederacy, is amazingly soft and lustrous. The overall condition is excellent and I love the depiction of a huge variety of stylised animals and birds! A truly charming rug!
Size: 1.91m x 1.52m (6' 3" x 5' 0")