Antique Feraghan Carpet, North-West Persia

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GP1

This is a fabulous north-west Persian Feraghan carpet from the second half 19th century in very good overall condition albeit with some minor areas of wear, expected in a carpet of this age. The main border is truly superb - certainly one of the best main borders I have seen on such a carpet! The indigo-blue field contains an overall 'herati' pattern i.e. stylised fish swimming in a water garden and all the colours are vegetable-dyed.
Size: 4.27m x 3.51m (14' 0" x 11' 6").
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Antique Karachov Rug, Kazak Mountains, South-West Caucasus. ...

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BM/K1

This magnificent, mint condition rug was made in Karachov in the Kazak Mountains, south-west Caucasus during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The classic Karachov design in this fabulous rug has been knotted in soft, lustrous natural-dye wool. It is certainly one of the best Karachovs I've laid my eyes on.
Size: 2.80m x 1.78m (9' 2" x 5' 10").
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Antique Turkmen Main Carpet, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM/FL

A magnificent main yurt carpet made by Teke Turkmen tribes during the third quarter 19th century. The glowing madder-red is just to die for (excuse the pun) and the carpet is in excellent overall condition with stunning elems (skirts). The weave is as fine as they get as can be seen in the close-up photo and all I can add is that the weaver was obviously at the very height of her weaving ability.
Size: 2.81 x 2.24m (9' 3" x 7' 4").
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Antique Turkmen Main Carpet, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM1532

The very best madder-red can be found on the early rugs, carpets and trappings of the Teke and Salor Turkmen tribes.
Here we see in this fabulous yurt main carpet made by Teke tribes during the mid 19th century, this fantastic use of glowing madder-red on which are depicted the tribal crests or 'guls' of the Teke tribe. You can't get much better than this!
Highly collectible and amongst the very best of type.
3.23 x 1.90m (10' 7' x 6' 3").
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Antique Turkmen Main Carpet, Ersary Tribes, Middle ...

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BM/Ersary

This carpet can only be described as a cracker! A magnificent yurt carpet, made by Ersary Turkmen in the Middle Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan circa 1870. The beautiful madder-red field consists of three vertical rows of six large Ersary 'guls' tribal crests), highlighted in deep indigo-blue, glowing natural orange and turquoise. The overall condition of the carpet is excellent with only minor wear in one of the kilim skirts. Otherwise, a superb, collectable and very decorative carpet.
Size: 3.40 x 2.30m (11' 2" x 7' 6").
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Antique Turkmen Rug, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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BM/FS1

This fabulous Teke Turkmen rug is as good as they come!
In mint condition with full, lustrous, glossy wool, the rug was made by Teke tribes circa 1870.
The quality is nothing more than superb and it is rare these days, to find a rug of this age in this amazing condition. It has to be handled to fully appreciate the quality.
Size: 1.68m x 1.12m (5' 6" x 3' 8").
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Antique Prayer-Rug, Gendje, South-Western Caucasus.

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BM1681

Sold in the early 1990s and illustrated in all three editions of my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent', I have acquired it back. 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 Sarouq Carpet, Sarouq, North-West Persia.

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BM/JS1

This outstanding carpet was made in Sarouq, north-west Persia circa 1880.
The vegetable colours are fabulous as is the fine weave and beautiful design. It is in good overall condition with even wear and medium to low pile, but plenty of life left for floor use.
Size: 3.66m x 2.74m (12' x 9')
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Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

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BM/Baluch

Rare, early Baluchis like this one are few and far between and particularly in such very good condition.
Made around 1860 in Khorassan Province, north-eastern Persia, a similar example can be seen in the V & A collection, but not as early as this one! The intense indigo-blue field depicts a serrated leaf adjoining flower-heads - possibly nectar-blossom - and the continuous vine main border symbolises the eternal cycle of life. This fabulous Baluch is in excellent condition with a few expertly-done repairs and retains its long chevron skirts at each end.
This rug is among the best of nineteenth century Khorassan Baluch rugs and is highly collectible.
Size: 2.50m x 1.30m (8' 3" x 4' 3").
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Antique Baharlu Tribal Rug of the Khamseh ...

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BM915

This stunning rug has a myriad of chickens all pecking at seeds on the ground! Made by the Baharlu tribe of the Khamseh Confederacy in south-west Persia around 1860-1870, this beautiful rug is in very good condition with little wear and a fabulous palette of saturated vegetable colours. The end panels are complete and the warps at the top end are braided and intact.
This is one of the best Baharlu rugs I've handled.
Size: 2.75m x 1.50m (9' x 5').
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Antique Kizyl Ayak Turkmen Carpet, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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BM668

The richness and warmth in the vegetable-dye terracotta is just amazing. The field ornaments or tribal gols are boldly presented in 3 vertical rows of 7 gols. This fabulous carpet was made by the Kizyl Ayak Turkmen in the Amu Darya region of Turkmenistan during the third quarter of the 19th century. Although it has had a few small repairs, it is in very good pile throughout.
Size: 3.05m x 2.44m (10' 0" x 8' 0").
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Antique Turkmen Carpet, Teke Tribes, Merv Oasis, ...

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RUGMAC9

Beautiful shades of madder-red dominate this fabulous decorative Teke Turkmen carpet made at the end of the 19th century. In excellent condition.
Size: 2.84m x 2.09m (9' 4" x 6' 10").
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