Antique Salt-Bag, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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BM1678

Salt-Bags or namakdan in Persian, were specifically used for containing lumps of rock-salt which was given to the animals on long migrations to help in the dehydration process.
This charming namakdan was woven in overlay-underlay brocading on a balanced-weave ground on the face and narrow horizontal bands of plain-weave on the reverse. The base of the bag is strengthened with knotted-pile and the woollen warps have been braided at the top to create a handle for carrying the bag.
Woven by Luri nomads in Luristan, western Persia during the last quarter of the 19th century, this is a rare and collectable example of a disappearing woven art.
Size: 39cm x 37cm (1' 3" x 1' 2").
£875
| $1,160 USD | €1,001 EUR

Antique Saddlebag Face, Jaf Kurds, Kurdistan.

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BM/Jaf

Once part of double saddle-bags, this magnificent bag-face has the most fabulous array of saturated, vegetable colours, only found in the very best of type. Made by Jaf-Kurds in Kurdistan during the second half of the nineteenth century, the field consists of a myriad of 'double-headed sunbird' lozenges, all disappearing under the borders and out into infinity. The ivory main border has a beautifully-drawn 'flower' motif and the overall condition is very good.
Size: 82cm x 59cm (2' 8" x 2' 0").
£1,250
| $1,657 USD | €1,430 EUR

Antique Saddlebag Face, Khamseh Confederacy Nomads, South-West ...

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BM1682

The indigo-blue field of this charming bag-face, once one half of a complete double saddle-bag, contains a myriad of chickens, all pecking at seeds on the ground. Made by the nomads of the Khamseh Confederacy around 1870, all the colours are from vegetable dyes and although the pile is evenly low, it makes a most attractive and decorative wall-hanging.
Size: 59cm (2') square.
£950
| $1,259 USD | €1,087 EUR

Antique Saddlebag-Face, Mushwani Tribe, Herat & Badghis ...

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BM/SR5

Once, part of a double saddlebag, this remaining knotted-pile face was made by Mushwani tribes in the Herat and Badghis regions of western Afghanistan at the end of the nineteenth century.
The Mushwani are a Persian-speaking people of Pashtun ancestry who inhabited the mountains of the Amu Darya river region and their weavings are regularly mistaken for Baluch.
The wool is soft and lustrous and this bagface is in very good condition.
Size: 74cm 63cm (2' 5" x 2' 1").
£750
| $994 USD | €858 EUR

Antique Jajim 'Moj', Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, ...

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BM1727

For a full-size photo of this magnificent Moj, see my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 186.
Woven by Qashqa'i nomads in Fars Province, south-west Persia during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, 'moj' or jajims are distinctive flat-woven covers that were used as blankets and covers for the storage-bags around the circumference of the tent. They were woven in a technique referred to as balanced twill-weave, made in two equal parts and then expertly sewn together. The most exciting feature of this moj is the interplay of colours within the weave which gives this flat-weave its name 'moj' - in Persian, 'wave'.
Moj of this age are now quite rare and this one is a nice small square example, easily used in a decorative place in the modern home.
Size: 1.83m x 1.70m (6' 0" x 5' 7").
£1,750
| $2,320 USD | €2,003 EUR

Antique Kurdish Tribal Rug, Kurdistan.

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BM/JS4

A stunning 'tree-of-life' dominates the field of this early nomadic rug made by Kurdish tribes in Kurdistan during the mid 19th century. Sky-blue, dark-blue, golden yellow, turquoise and madder-red provide the colours to this powerful tree with the main red border containing the strongly symbolic 'quincunx' pattern.
With evenly-low pile all over and two minor re-weaves in the lower kilim skirt, this is a rare and early surviving example of true Kurdish nomadic weaving.
Size: 2.26m x 1.24m (7' 5" x 4' 1").
£2,500
| $3,314 USD | €2,861 EUR

Antique Armenian Corridor Carpet, Armenia.

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BM/JS3

Stunning sky-blue dominates the field of this handsome corridor carpet, made in Armenia around 1900. The overall knotted pile is evenly low, but still hard wearing enough to place on the floor in a hallway. A very attractive carpet.
Size: 3.15m x 1.24m (10' 4" x 4' 1").
£2,750
| $3,645 USD | €3,147 EUR

Vintage Baluch Soumak Carpet, Eastern Iran.

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BM1734

This fabulous contemporary carpet, woven in soumak technique with highlights in knotted pile as well as the main border in knotted pile, was made by settled Baluch tribes in eastern Persia in the 1980s. All the colours are from vegetable dyes with few of these rugs made today, mainly due to the expense in preparing natural dyes and the time taken to make such fine pieces in soumak technique. This carpet was sold by me in the 1980s and recently acquired back from the family that bought it back then. The design speaks for itself and when you view the close-up photos, notice the depiction of little stylised animals and birds throughout.
This is a special carpet which would enhance the floor in any house today.
Size 2.44m x 1.83m (8' x 6')
£1,750
| $2,320 USD | €2,003 EUR

Vintage Baluch Rug, Eastern Iran.

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BM1733

This fabulous contemporary rug, woven in soumak technique with tree highlights in knotted pile as well as the main border in knotted pile, was made by settled Baluch tribes in eastern Persia in the 1980s. All the colours are from vegetable dyes with few of these rugs made today, mainly due to the expense in preparing natural dyes and the time taken to make such fine pieces in soumak technique. This rug was sold by me in the 1980s and recently acquired back from the family that bought it back then. The design speaks for itself and when you view the close-up photos, notice the depiction of little stylised people, animals and birds throughout.
This is a special little rug which would make a fabulous wall-hanging in any house today.
Size: 1.90m x 1.28m (6' 3" x 4' 2").
£1,450
| $1,922 USD | €1,659 EUR

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Tribal Rug, Fars Province, ...

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BM/SR2

This is a most unusual and rare little rug of the Khamseh Confederacy, with its indigo-blue ground containing 8 compartmentalised 'guls' (tribal crests). What is particularly attractive, is the ivory main border with an early cartouche design.
This is a beautiful little rug which was probably made around 1880 in excellent condition.
Size: 1.45m x 1.07m (4' 9" x 3' 6").
£2,850
| $3,778 USD | €3,261 EUR

Antique Kilim Ru Korssi, Luri Nomads, Luristan, ...

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BM1745

This stunning kilim, with is fabulous abrash of madder-red and a field of 'swastika' type elements - pre-Islamic symbols for breaking evil down into four parts (rather ironically) - was made by Luri nomads in Luristan around the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
I believe its purpose was as a 'ru korssi' - a decorative cover over a wooden frame, under which were placed bowls of burning charcoal during the cold nights, and where the nomads could sit around the ru korssi and warm their toes under the decorative kilim covering.
Ru korssis like this large size are rare and now perfect as a beautiful floor covering.
Size: 2.34m x 1.50m (7' 8" 5' 0").
£1,750
| $2,320 USD | €2,003 EUR

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Shesh-Boluki Taifeh, Fars Province, ...

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BM1623

Small rugs of the Qashqa'i tribes are scarce and this charming little rug is certainly one of those.
Made by the Shesh-Boluki sub-tribe (taifeh) of the Qashqa'i Confederacy around 1900, it contains two stylised 'scorpions' depicted within the central indigo-blue lozenges. Surrounding the blue lozenges is an outlining in coral with the main madder-red border containing family-unity symbols.
The rug is in excellent condition and retaining its attractive chevron end skirts.
Size: 1.24m x 0.82m (4' 1" x 2' 8").
£1,250
| $1,657 USD | €1,430 EUR