Antique Erivan Rug, Erivan, Armenia.

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BM/AP

This charming little rug was made in the Erivan region of Armenia circa 1900.
The central medallion and four outer medallions are in a beautiful shade of natural teal and the prominence of the central pre-Islamic cross symbolises warding of evil spirits and breaking evil down into four parts. The main border design is reminiscent of the Caucasian 'ChiChi' border and the rug is in full pile excellent condition.
Size: 1.52m x 1.09m (5' 0" x 3' 7").
£2,350
| $3,275 USD | €2,739 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 Kilim, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM1624

This stunning kilim, woven by the Qashqa'i nomads in Fars, south-western Persia circa 1900, has just arrived. The natural colours are superb with a wonderful use of sky-blue, golden yellow, madder-red and green. The kilim is in excellent condition with no repairs and will be extremely decorative on the ideal wood floor.
Size: 2.50m x 1.63m (8' 3" x 5' 4").
£3,500
| $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR

Antique Sarouq - Feraghan Rug, Sarouq Feraghan ...

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BM1566

The natural colours in this finely-knotted rug are just beautiful.
Made in the areas of Sarouq and Feraghan in north-west Persia around 1880, the madder-red field contains a beautifully-drawn tree - symbolically 'the tree-of-life' representing the three-level universe where the roots are in the underworld, the trunk is in the earthly world and the branches are in the world of the spirit. Two columns in pale green, rise up on either side of the tree to meet a mihrab with spandrels in stunning natural sky-blue.
In excellent condition although a very minor outer border is missing, this is a stunning and very collectible rug.
Size: 1.93 x 1.30m (6' 4" x 4' 3").
£5,500
| $7,665 USD | €6,410 EUR

Antique Kilim, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM1607

An attractive kilim with a beautiful abrash of natural madder throughout the central field and made by Qashqa'i nomads in south-west Persia during the early 20th century.
The large birds-heads lozenges in the central field are powerful and the kilim is in excellent condition and floor-worthy.
Size: 2.90m x 1.52m (9' 6" x 5' 0")
£1,150
| $1,603 USD | €1,340 EUR

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

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B16

Dated 1334 in the Islamic calendar (1916 in the solar calendar), this magnificent rug was probably made by a sub-tribe of the Qashqa'i Confederacy - possibly the Bolvardi or even a Luri tribe? It is in excellent pile all over and is complete with its additional skirts at each end. The indigo-blue field contains three large 'birds-heads' lozenges incorporating the 'scorpion' symbol within and the field is scattered with various symbols and plants. What is particularly attractive, is the stunning use of green in the central lozenge. This is a most attractive early 20th century piece with natural colours - probably the last vestiges of true nomadic art.
Size: 2.24m x 1.23m (7' 4" x 4' 0").
£2,750
| $3,832 USD | €3,205 EUR

Antique Turkmen Engsi, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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BM/FS4

This fabulous Turkmen 'engsi' - yurt-door rug - was made by Teke tribes around 1870 and is in near-mint condition. The glowing madder-red ground on the most glossy, velvet-like wool, shows the best quality Teke work done during the nineteenth century.
The engsi was made as a door-rug - hung at the entrance of the Turkmen yurt on the inside and symbolising the gateway to Paradise. The central 'cross' divides the field into the four gardens of Paradise, the pentagonal shape or 'kejebe' at the top represents power and fertility and the lower elem is the 'sky-door' or gateway to Paradise.
This ranks as one of the best Teke ensis of this period - a truly superb rug.
Size: 1.53 x 1.25m (5' 0" x 4' 1").
£4,750
| $6,620 USD | €5,536 EUR

Antique Wedding Camel Decoration, Afshar Nomads, Kerman ...

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B4

This beautifully woven camel decoration was made by Afshar nomads circa 1900-1920.
The quality of the weaving and soft natural dye wool is outstanding and I can only guess it was a dowry band, possibly made by the young bride to decorate her wedding camel.
£950
| $1,324 USD | €1,107 EUR

Antique Bag-Face, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, Southern ...

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LCBM13

This charming face of what was once a storage-bag, has a beautiful golden-yellow field comprising stylised 'botehs' - the prototype of the Kashmiri shawl and Paisley patterns.
In very good overall condition bar a few tiny repairs, this bag-face was made at the end of the 19th century by Afshar nomads in southern Persia.
Size: 56cm x 43cm (1' 10" x 1' 5").
£675
| $941 USD | €787 EUR

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

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LCBM16

Spindle-bags as the name implies, were used to hold wooden spindles for spinning the wool.
This charming bag was made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes of Turkmenistan around 1890-1900. It is in excellent condition with plain-weave ivory back and original tassels decorating the sides and symbolising 'good luck'.
Size: 53cm x 23cm (1' 9" x 9").
£750
| $1,045 USD | €874 EUR

Turkmen Torba, Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, Turkmenistan, ...

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B1

Six Teke Turkmen 'guls' (tribal-crests) dominate the beautiful, glowing madder-red ground of this torba (small personal belongings bag), made during the early-mid 19th century. The guls are nicely spaced throughout the field, interspersed with minor guls. Note the one gul lower-centre, highlighted in a light-blue whereas the other five are highlighted in deep indigo-blue. The torba is in excellent condition with no repairs - only some loss of the outer red side borders but secured with new selvedges as in the original colour.
A beautiful and highly collectable torba.
Size: 1.17m x 0.48m (3' 10" x 1' 7").
£3,500
| $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag ('namakdan'), Kurdish Nomads, Persian Kurdistan. ...

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BM1583

This must be one of the smallest 'namakdans' (salt-bags) I've had the joy to handle! I suspect it might have been made for a young Kurdish shepherd boy, who might have accompanied his father while attending to the family's flock of sheep. The weaver, possibly the boy's mother, was a very accomplished weaver and this can be seen in the quality of this rare and beautiful little utilitarian bag. She may even have depicted her son in the natural camel-hair field, just above the large lozenge, surrounded by the family's animals as well as symbols for protection. Even the diamond-shaped 'eye' in the centre is knotted-in to ward-off evil spirits! The back of the bag is woven in plain-weave technique and the sides are over-bound in wool in a barber-pole design.
Salt-bags were made to contain lumps of rock-salt, used to give to the animals to help in the dehydration process but various nuts were also stored in these bags, such as pistachio and almonds. Rare.
Size: 30cm x 28cm (12" x 11").
£1,750
| $2,439 USD | €2,039 EUR