Antique Turkmen Carpet, Ersary Tribes. Middle Amu ...

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The terracotta colours in this Ersari Turkmen carpet are just stunning. The field contains three vertical rows of seven Ersari 'guls' or tribal crests, spacious and beautifully drawn.
Made by Ersari Turkmen in the region of the middle Amu Darya around 1870-1880, the carpet is in excellent overall condition and would complement any room.
Size: 3.32m x 2.54m (10' 11" x 8' 4").

Antique Bakhtiari Carpet, The Chahar Mahal Region, ...

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This beautiful Bakhtiari carpet has a glowing madder-red field surrounded by a magnificent, powerful main border. Made around 1880-1900 in the region of The Chahar Mahal in Western Persia by settled Bakhtiari tribes, it is in good overall condition but with some areas of wear. Nevertheless, this is a very floor-worthy carpet, washed and ready for use.
Size: 3.00m x 2.20m (10' 0" x 7' 3").

Antique Kilim, Pirot, Southern Serbia.

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A magnificent large, nearly square, decorative kilim made and dated 1913 in the Pirot area of southern Serbia.
The colours are beautiful, as are the nicely spaced large diamond lozenges, surrounded by a powerful midnight-blue main border. The date, 1913, can be seen woven into the top right-hand corner of the main border.
Size: 4.00m x 3.90m (13' 2" x 12' 9").

Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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Rare and absolutely stunning! Nineteenth century gabbehs today are scarce due to the fact that they were made for tent use and most had a hard life with many completely worn out! Therefore the few that come on the market these days, in this condition, are few and far between!
Most gabbehs were made with the weaver creating her own design - symbolic or otherwise - but I've never come across one like this before. The compartmentalised pattern containing 'quincunx' or 'fives' - symbols of protection - are dominant in this gabbeh.
Made by Luri nomads in Luristan between 1850 and 1870, the gabbeh is in very good overall condition with an evenly-low pile and wonderful shades of vegetable colours i.e. reds, golden yellow, ivory, dark blue and particularly attractive, different shades of light, pea-green.
The ends are complete as are the selvedges and some minor re-piling has been carried out in several areas.
Size: 2.34m x 1.55m (7' 8" x 5' 1").

Antique Timuri Carpet, Sangtschuli Sub-Tribe, Borderlands of ...

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In near-mint condition, this fabulous Timuri rug has the highest quality soft, shiny wool with highlights of green silk throughout and complete kilim skirts at each end. The central 'tree-of-life' has branches protruding from it and surrounded by a multitude of symbols - stunning and subtle in its drawing. The madder-red main border depicts a continuous vine - symbolically representing the eternal cycle of life. Made circa 1880 -1900 by Sangtschuli tribes on the eastern Persian/western Afghanistan border, it really needs to be seen and handled to fully appreciate the high quality of the work involved. This is Timuri weaving at its best!
Size: 2.44m x 1.27m (8' 0" x 4' 2").

Antique Shirvan Rug, Shirvan Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

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I love the indigo-blue ground in this small, square nineteenth century Shirvan rug from the eastern Caucasus incorporating a stunning array of natural colours throughout.
Looking closely at the design, there are 'birds-heads lozenges, floral motifs and zoomorphic bird-like creatures. The main ivory border with its continuous vine symbolising the eternal cycle of life, is a popular border in this part of the eastern Caucasus.
The pile, which was originally cropped short to give a beautifully defined pattern to the symbols, is now evenly-low all over. This is a great, collectible rug.
Size: 1.68m x 1.39m (5' 6" x 4' 7").

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Kerman Province, South ...

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A spectacular Afshar rug with a design of octagonal 'guls' covering an indigo-blue ground. Within each of the guls are '8-pointed stars' - symbols of spirituality and protection.
I have never come across an Afshar rug with this design before! The weaver must have been having an amazing time fitting all these charming little guls into the field of the rug and with such a variety of natural colours!
The Afshar originated in eastern Turkistan and came down into different parts of Persia in the eleventh century with the Ghuz hordes, the majority of the tribe settling in the province of Kerman. Thus in this rug, with its myriad of guls, we see the link with the guls of the Turkmen tribes of Turkmenistan.
The rug is in excellent full-pile all over and dates to circa 1870-1880.
Size: 2.09m x 1.60m (6' 10" x 5' 3").

Antique Timuri Carpet, Timuri Tribes, Borderland of ...

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This handsome carpet was made by Timuri tribes in the borderlands of east Persia and west Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century.
It is in excellent pile all over and makes a very decorative antique floor carpet.
Size: 2.64m x 1.63m (8' 8" x 5' 4").

Antique Karabagh Pictorial Rug, Karabagh, Southern Caucasus. ...

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Horses that look a little like moose!! But no moose in Karabagh where the rug was made circa 1900. Charming in every way, I love the rather squat adult horse and its two foals. At each end are two deer - dark and light - same with the foals - dark and light - dark being female and light, male. In very good overall condition, this is a very unusual and rare rug.
Size: 2.42m x 1.30m (7' 11" x 4' 3").

Antique Timuri Flat-Weave, Sangtschuli Sub-Tribe, Borderlands of ...

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Flat-weaves of the Sangtschuli - Timuri are incredibly rare and this is one of the finest flat-weaves from this tribe that I've come across. In excellent condition and with just a few small areas of expert restoration on the selvedges, the fine soumak work has to be seen to be appreciated.
It is incredibly sophisticated work for a tribe, living in inhospitable conditions during the mid 19th century, and using a ground look to weave this remarkable piece.
The last similar Sangtschuli flat-weave to pass through my hands is illustrated in the third edition of my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 94. However, what is more unusual about this piece, is the wide goat-hair selvedges - unique and extremely rare.
These flat-weaves are generally referred to as 'Baluch' in the unknowledgeable trade but in fact, are woven by the Timuri - Sangtschuli tribe on the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan.
Size: 2.70m x 1.60m (8' 10" x 5' 3").

Antique Afshar Tribal Rug, Aqta', Sirjan Region, ...

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The indigo-blue field contains a myriad of 'botehs' - flame symbols originating amongst the Zoroastrians of Kerman Province. Extremely finely knotted, this fabulous rug was made by Afshar tribes in the vicinity of Aqta' in Kerman Province during the mid nineteenth century.
The rug is in very good overall condition with an evenly-low pile and some expert areas of restoration. This is a highly collectible example of early Afshar weaving.
Size: 1.63m x 1.27m (5' 4" x 4' 2").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Buly Chaqal Sub-Tribe, Fars ...

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The madder-red field comprises the 'herati' pattern, i.e. two fish swimming around water-lilies - symbolising happiness. Made by the Buly Chaqal Qashqa'i taifeh in Fars Province, south-west Persia circa 1900, this elegantly, beautiful tribal rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 2.53m x 1.73m (8' 4" x 5' 8").