Antique Namakdan (salt-bag), Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western ...

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Visually attractive with beautiful natural colours in wide horizontal bands on both sides of this namakdan (salt-bag), woven by Luri nomads in Luristan, western Persia during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The weaver has also inserted 'eyes' on both sides - symbolically protecting the bag contents. The bag is in excellent condition - complete with braided warp-threads for hanging purposes and the sides are bound in dark-brown goat-hair.
A truly nomadic, utilitarian bag which was made for the sole purpose of containing rock-salt and nuts.
Size: 63cm x 38cm (2'1" x 1' 3").
| $1,742 USD | €1,457 EUR

Antique Turkmen Carpet, Kizyl Ayak Tribe, Turkmenistan, ...

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A handsome main carpet of the Kizyl Ayak Turkmen, made circa 1870 in Turkmenistan.
It has a glowing red field consisting of 3 vertical rows of 9 Kizyl Ayak 'guls' - tribal crests - and a very striking, typical Kizyl Ayak main border.
In generally good overall pile condition, the carpet has a few areas of old re-weaves and is priced accordingly.
Size: 2.34m x 1.46m (7' 8" x 4' 9").
| $2,439 USD | €2,039 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Gendje, South-Western Caucasus.

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Sold in the early 1990s and illustrated in all three editions of my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent', this fabulous little prayer-rug has just come back to me through, I have to say, rather sad circumstances. However, I have seen it again and again over the years, hanging in a house where it was well-loved.
Made in the area of Gendje in the south-western Caucasus around 1870, this charming little prayer-rug with its very subtlety woven prayer-niche, contains a field of diagonal bands with small symbols often found in the Caucasus and amongst the Shahsevan nomads. The main ivory border is powerfully drawn and frames the field. In very good overall condition, this is a highly collectible and rare example of this area.
Size: 1.32m x 0.91m (4' 4" x 3' 0").
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Antique Namakdan (salt-bag), Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan.

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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").
| $2,439 USD | €2,039 EUR

Antique Namakdan (salt-bag), Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, ...

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I love this little namakdan (salt-bag), woven in soumak technique during the last quarter of the nineteenth century by Afshar nomads, somewhere in the large province of Kerman.
Other than part of the neck missing on the back side of the bag (see photo), this charming little salt-bag is in excellent condition. The lappits at the top of the neck remain intact with a row of dark brown and ivory braiding along the top. The field is compartmentalised with 8-pointed star symbols within each square and the different colour selvedges are original. Note also, the interesting design on the lower back of the bag which I suspect are very stylised peacocks.
The missing neck area on the back of the bag can be re-woven if required.
Size: 49cm x 44cm (1' 7" x 1' 5").
| $2,090 USD | €1,748 EUR

Antique Mini Khorjin (saddle-bags), Kordi Tribes, Quchan ...

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Absolutely charming with a wonderful array of vegetable colours. This small khorjin was made in slit-tapestry technique by Kordi nomads in the Quchan region of north-east Persia around 1900.
It is in excellent complete condition with its plain-weave, natural undyed brown wool back.
Size: 69cm x 30cm (2' 3" x 1' 0").
| $2,439 USD | €2,039 EUR

Antique Turkmen Spindle-Bag, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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Turkmen spindle-bags were used, as the name implies, for containing wooden spindles.
This one is a good early example of the type, probably made around 1860-1870 by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes. The design in the central field represents the totemic tree, which the Shaman will climb to communicate with the great Gods in the sky. The wool is soft and the bag is complete with its original plain-weave, undyed wool back.
Size: 40cm x 20cm (1' 4" x 8").
| $2,021 USD | €1,690 EUR

Antique Baluch Rug, Bahluli Sub-Tribe, South-East Persia. ...

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What attracted me to this charming rug were the juxtaposition of the stunning vegetable colours. There is a subtle movement of colour throughout - a gorgeous pea-green and darker green appearing throughout as well as a small amount of sky-blue, shining out of the darkness.
Symmetrically knotted pile suggests a Bahluli - Baluch origin somewhere in south-eastern Persia and made circa 1860-1870. An ivory border frames the field containing a version of 'quincunx' or dice-fives - symbols of protection.
The rug is in good condition with low-cut pile and the remains of what were once, probably, slightly longer kilim skirts.
Size: 1.50m x 0.87m (5' 0" x 2' 10").
| $1,603 USD | €1,340 EUR

Antique Khorjin (saddle-bags), Bakhtiari Tribes, The Chahar ...

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Just acquired from a private collection, this beautiful, complete Bakhtiari khorjin (saddle-bags), woven in soumak technique in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia at the end of the nineteenth century. This khorjin was originally sourced in Iran in the 1940s by a man who travelled into Bakhtiari territory buying rugs and bags from the nomads. The khorjin is in near-mint condition with its original ties and lappits and knotted-pile base at the bottom of each bag. The back is woven in plain-weave technique with narrow horizontal bands of reds and blues.
Size: 1.15m x 0.56m (3' 9" x 1' 10").
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Antique Khorjin (saddle-bags), Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan Region, ...

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

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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").
| $2,090 USD | €1,748 EUR

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

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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").
| $3,484 USD | €2,914 EUR