Antique Corridor Rug, Seichour, Eastern Caucasus.

Item Number
BM/AK

Wow! Not being at all biased, but this must be one of the best Seichour corridor rugs I've ever seen!
The fabulous green field is not just one shade of green but several striations or abrash. The weaver has quite obviously run out of natural green wool using different shades throughout. The main border is typically Seichour - like a wave design but powerful in its drawing. An incredibly beautiful corridor rug in very good condition from circa 1860-1870.
See the close-up images for better colour representation.
Size: 2.77m x 0.94m (9' 1" x 3' 1").
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Antique Zili (tent-hanging), Baku Region, Azerbaijan.

Item Number
DR1

Illustrated in the newly published 3rd edition of my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 278, I sold this rare and beautiful Zili in 2006 and it has just come back to me. The madder-red and indigo-blue squares contain adult and baby peacocks or winged griffins, and was made in extremely fine balanced plain-weave with continuous and discontinuous wefts. A superb and highly collectable wall hanging, made in the Baku region of Azerbaijan around 1880. Such pieces are a rare find these days - most found in today's market are fragments.
Size: 1.90m x 1.30m (6' 3" x 4' 3").
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Antique Perepidal Rug, Eastern Caucasus

Item Number
BM/TC

This rug is a magnificent example of very finely knotted Perepidal work from the 1870s. Note the zoomorphic birds with their wings outstretched and the depiction of stylised dragons in the central field. The vegetable colours are superb and bar a few minor repairs, the rug is in very good condition.
Size: 1.63m x 1.12m (5' 4" x 3' 8").
£3,500

Antique Shadda (cover), Karabagh, Southern Caucasus.

Item Number
BM/MJ

A rare and magnificent flatweave called a 'Shadda', from the Karabagh region of the southern Caucasus - possibly even Shahsevan tribes. The cover is in original condition, bar a few tiny holes, and had been hanging in a London house for 20 years. Dating to circa 1850, the shadda contains four rows of camel caravans on migration. A truly fabulous and highly collectable flatweave.
Size: 2.06m x 1.98m (6' 9" x 6' 6").
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Antique Early Caucasian Rug, Shirvan, East Caucasus. ...

Item Number
BM/GT1

Here we see one of the earliest of the so-called 'shield' design rugs from the Shirvan region, eastern Caucasus, dating to the early 19th century. The yellow field is rare and beautiful, and contains a myriad of symbolic shapes throughout - the dark-brown symbols having fairly heavy corrosion due to the iron mordant. Nevertheless, the rug is complete with evenly-low pile all over. Highly collectable.
Size: 1.22m x 1.16m (4' 0" x 3' 10").
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Antique Lesghi Rug, Lesghian Tribes, South-Western Caucasus. ...

Item Number
BM/DR4

This rug is amazing! Full pile and great overall condition for a rug made in Lesghi territory, south-western Caucasus around 1880-1890. The colours are fabulous - rich vegetable dyes predominate - and the glowing indigo-blue field containing 3 'Lesghi stars' outlined in madder-red and beautiful rich green. The main ivory border is powerful and symbolically frames and protects the inner Paradise. A truly magnificent, collectable rug.
Size: 1.83m x 1.22m (6' 0" x 4' 0").
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Antique Shirvan Rug, Eastern Caucasus

Item Number
S105

A finely knotted rug made in the eastern Caucasus in the region of Shirvan around 1890 - 1900. The rug is in very good condition - albeit having evenly low pile due to the extremely fine weave and low-cut knots. The colours are all from vegetable dyes.
Size: 2.00m x 1.32m (6' 6" x 4' 4").
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Antique Akstafa Prayer-Rug, Eastern Caucasus

Item Number
SB1

This beautiful, early Akstafa prayer-rug from the eastern Caucasus was made around 1860. The rug is in very good condition with a few very minor areas of re-knotting near the original selvedges and a very small 'ruck' line which is easily repaired after the rug has a stretch. The dyes are all natural and the pile good all-over.
A very collectable rug of the type.
Size: 1.70m x 0.82m (5' 7" x 2' 8").
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Antique Moghan Rug, Moghan, Azerbaijan, South-Western Caucasus ...

Item Number
B2

This magnificent corridor rug from the Moghan region of Azerbaijan, was made around 1870 and is in excellent condition. The natural colour palette is stunning and I particularly like the main border with its archaic 'bird' design.
Size: 2.74m x 1.00m (9' 0" x 3' 3").
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Antique Armenian Rug, Armenia.

Item Number
BM830

A most attractive rug of Armenian origin - often wrongly labelled 'Kazak'. The natural colours are vibrant and glowing with wonderful use of indigo-blue in the central field. Note also the change of madder-red wool batch at the top of the rug where the weaver ran out of the darker red colour.
Size: 1.96m x 1.46m (6' 5" x 4' 9").
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Antique Akstafa Rug, Eastern Caucasus

Item Number
BM412

Here we have a fabulous Akstafa rug dated 1303 in the Islamic calendar - 1886 in the solar calendar.
The rug has all vegetable colours and is in excellent condition, albeit requiring a good wash! Rugs from the Akstafa region are normally longer in size whereas this one is shorter - in fact a much better size for western homes. The myriad of stylised creatures is extremely charming - the large scale 'peacocks' depicted down both sides of the blue field is a characteristic of Akstafa rugs.
Size: 2.36m x 1.30m (7' 9" x 4' 3").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Daghestan, Eastern Caucasus

Item Number
BM803

This stunning little Daghestan prayer rug is dated 1896 in the solar calendar - the Islamic date (1302) can be seen boxed, on either side of the mihrab. The rug has a most attractive ivory ground consisting of small, stylised flowers and overall is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.45m x 1.12m (4' 9" x 3' 8").
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Antique Erivan Rug, Armenia

Item Number
BM853

This lovely little rug has a wealth of beautiful natural colours, particularly a glowing indigo-blue, which seem to glow with happiness! Made in Erivan in Armenia around 1900, the rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.50m x 1.09m (5' 0" x 3' 7")
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Antique Seichour Rug, Eastern Caucasus

Item Number
S107

This is a fabulous looking rug from the Seichour area of the eastern Caucasus made during the last quarter of the 19th century. This rug has a fine weave, is in excellent condition and the colours are truly stunning - all from vegetable dyes.
Size: 1.50m x 1.03m (5' 0" x 3' 4"0).
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Shirvan, Eastern Caucasus

Item Number
BM906

This rug is an early example of the so-called 'flower Shirvans' as illustrated in the late Ian Bennet's 'Caucasian Rugs' pages 206 & 207. Most of the 'flower Shirvans' have a dark indigo-blue field whereas this rug has an unusual madder-red field. It has, what I feel, is a very old back, and to this end, as many were attributed to the early to third quarter 19th century, I am happy to label this beautiful rug to the mid 19th century. I love the early rendition of a Kufic border and, at the bottom of the rug where the weaver started knotting, the incorporation of a very thin minor red line only after she reached the top of the main border! This is a truly beautiful rug and I am pleased to present it to you now.
Size: 1.70m x 1.04m (5' 7" x 3' 5").
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Antique Karabagh Rug, South-Eastern Caucasus

Item Number
FL1

This wonderful rug from the Moghan/Karabagh region of the south-eastern Caucasus was made around 1870-1880. The rug has a full, lustrous pile in very good condition and comprises of two vertical rows of five large Turkic guls.
Size: 2.34m x 1.25m (7' 8" x 4' 1").
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Antique Gendje Rug, South-Western Caucasus

Item Number
BM642

This beautiful Gendje rug was made in the south-western Caucasus around 1860. The all-vegetable dyed wool is soft and lustrous and, apart from a few expertly-done minor repairs, the rug is in excellent condition. Gendje rugs of this age are rare.
Size: 2.44m x 1.04m (8' 0" x 3' 5").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Gendje, Eastern Caucasus

Item Number
BM706

Here we have an unusual prayer rug from Gendje in the eastern Caucasus, made around 1860-1870 with an ivory mihrab and minimal use of small stylised flowers. The field design below the prayer niche has a typical Gendje design comprising small 'hook' symbols on diagonal bands. The main border too, is stunning, and comprises family unity symbols in wonderful shades of natural-dye colours. All in all, this is one of the most beautiful examples of Gendje rugs I've ever come across and I love the small size of 1.45m x 0.82m (4' 9" x 2' 8").
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Antique Prayer Rug, Marasali, Eastern Caucasus

Item Number

I have always loved the 'Marasali boteh' design - a boteh or stylised pine-cone or leaf motif peculiar to the weavers of Marasali in the eastern Caucasus. This stunning prayer rug was made during the last quarter of the 19th century with good, saturated vegetable dyes. It is in overall good condition albeit with evenly-low pile.
Size: 1.45m x 1.14m (4' 9" x 3' 9").
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Antique Kazak, Sevan Region, South-Western Caucasus.

Item Number
BM1120

The rugs of the Sevan Kazak area are very collectable and, what I like about this fabulous rug is the smaller, square format, rather than the usual longer size. All vegetable colours with an array of creatures of all types! Come and see it at The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia, London from 27th June until 3rd July.
Size: 2.06m x 1.52m (6' 9" x 5' 0").
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Antique Moghan Rug, South-Eastern Caucasus

Item Number
BM426

This stunning rug - assigned to the Moghan region, is more probably of Armenian origin. It is full of interesting creatures - bird, animal and human! Have a look at the close-up photos for some gorgeous details. The abrash in the indigo-blue field is superb. I love this blue with its wondeful striation of colour. The rug has just returned from cleaning and the colours are glowing. I love this rug!
Size: 1.93m x 1.22m (6' 4" x 4' 0").
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Antique Erivan Rug, Armenia.

Item Number
BM955

This lovely little rug was made in Erivan, Armenia circa 1900. It has soft wool and vegetable colours and is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.52m x 1.09m (5' 0" x 3' 7").
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Antique Lesghi Rug, Lesghi, Eastern Caucasus

Item Number
BM1175

This stunning little rug has three 'Lesghi stars' on a turquoise central field and is framed by five beautiful borders. Rugs made by Lesghians are more commonly found with red or blue central fields but to find turquoise, is rare. The rug is finely knotted and in very good condition.
Size: 1.42m x 1.04m (4' 8" x 3' 5").
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Antique Karabagh Rug, Southern Caucasus

Item Number
BM520

The beautiful shades of indigo-blue in the field of this charming rug from Karabagh in the southern Caucasus depicts a water-garden with ducks and storks nesting on the water. Made around 1900, the colours are all vegetable and the rug is in very good condition overall.
Size: 2.06m x 1.37m (6' 9" x 4' 6").
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