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 Timuri Main Carpet, Western Afghanistan.

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BM660

To Timuri and Baluch collectors, this carpet can only be described as fabulous! Albeit worn in the centre and also with corroded brown, it still glows as the best of Timuri carpets do. Look at the brocaded ends - just magnificent and complete! There is only one small area of repiling in the top right-hand corner where there was a slight ruck due to the tightness of the brocaded skirts, otherwise it is completely original.I hope it goes to a good home - to someone who will treasure it.
Size: 2.19m x 1.44m (7' 2" x 4' 9").
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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 Tekke Turkmen Carpet, Turkmenistan, Central Asia. ...

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BM736

Beautiful colours fill the field of this fabulous Turkmen carpet, made by Tekke tribes circa 1870.
Size: 2.95m x 1.93m (9' 8" x 6' 4").
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Antique Tabriz Carpet, North-West Persia

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MAC21

This magnificent and elegant Tabriz carpet is in overall very good condition - some minor areas of slight wear expected in a piece of this age - made circa 1900 in the city of Tabriz in north-west Iran, It has an overall design of palmettes on an indigo-blue field and surrounded by a handsome madder-red main border.
Size: 4m x 3m (13' x 10').
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Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM/JS1

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").
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Antique Turkmen Engsi, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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BM1684

This magnificent engsi (yurt door rug) was made by Yomut Turkmen in the trans-Caspian Steppes of Turkmenistan circa 1860-1870. To find engsis of this age and in such amazing condition is pretty rare these days. The vegetable-dye wool is lustrous, soft and glossy and the 'elem' or lower skirt is superbly drawn.
Engsis were made specifically for hanging at the door of the yurt and symbolised the gateway to Paradise.
This is certainly one of the very best made by the Yomut tribe.
Size: 1.67m x 1.35m (5' 6" x 4' 5").
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Antique Timuri Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of ...

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BM/MI3

This Timuri 'namazlyk' (prayer-rug) is as good as they come! Made circa 1870-1880, the central field incorporates the 'Dokhtar-e-Qazi' shrub and it's possible that this prayer-rug was made by the Dokhtar-e-Qazi sub-tribe. The light areas throughout the rug are knotted in magenta silk which suggests this prayer-rug was made for a very important person within the tribe - possibly the chief himself! This rug incorporates 'trees-of-life' in the upper hand-panels and it retains its original flat-woven skirts at each end.
The rug is in excellent overall condition and pieces like this today in the world marketplace are very rare.
Size: 1.53m x 1.26m (5' 0" x 4' 2").
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Antique Turkmen Engsi, Yomut Tribe, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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BM/MI1

Engsis were made as door-hangings and hung at the entrance to the Turkmen yurt. This magnificent engsi is complete with stunning 'elems' or skirts at the bottom depicting 'trees-of-life'. The central cross divides the field into the symbolic four gardens of Paradise. Turkmen belief is that the elems symbolised the gateway to Paradise or often referred to as the 'sky door'.
This engsi was made by the Yomut Turkmen no later than 1850 and is an important and very collectible example from this tribe.
Size: 1.62m x 1.40m (5' 4" x 4' 7").
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Antique Perepidal Rug, Perepidal Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

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BM/MI2

This is a most unusual Perepidal rug with its two floral symbols in the central, glowing, indigo-blue field. Around the large flowers are very stylised birds which can be seen in the close-up photos. Other than this rare field design, the borders are typically from the region of Perepidal and the natural colours, including the fabulous sky-blue, are just magnificent.
This rug probably dates to the last quarter of the 19th century and is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.95m x 1.40m (6' 5" x 4' 7").
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