Antique Baluch Sofreh, Djamshidi Tribe, Khorassan Province, ...

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BM/SJ7

Illustrated in my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 130 this is a magnificent example of the rare Baluch Djamshidi sofrehs, comprising a natural camel-hair field with elegant 'tree-of-life' in the centre. The tree rises from the underground, through the Earthly world and with branches emanating in the world of the Spirit. On the branches of the tree are tiny flowering shrubs.
The field is framed by a large, main border with '8-pointed stars' and the sofreh retains its complete kilim skirts at each end. Dating to the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the sofreh is in excellent condition with no repairs whatsoever. Very collectable.
Size: 1.27m x 0.71m (4' 2" x 2' 4").
£3,300

Antique Baluch Sofreh, Djamshidi Tribe, Khorassan, North-East ...

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BM2034

Knotted-pile dining sofrehs of the Baluch Djamshidi tribe are rare and particularly collectable are the nineteenth century examples which can fetch high sums. This beautiful example, which is priced at a fraction of the earlier pieces, was made during the early 20th century. Maybe not as collectable as earlier pieces, nevertheless, this was made in the same way and has great appeal. The powerful red nectar-blossom border frames the natural camel-hair field which depicts four cockerels symbolising the harbinger of the day, dispeller of the night. The skirts are beautifully decorated exactly like the earlier sofrehs.
These sofrehs were used on special occasions and were laid-out in the tent with bowls of food, bread and chai placed upon them. The tribes and their guests would sit cross-legged around the sofreh and eat.
I love this rug!
Size: 1.40m x 0.82m (4' 7" x 2' 8").
£2,250

Antique Prayer-Rug, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

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BM1861

Just adorable! A rare, small size Baluch prayer-rug with a beautiful drawing of the 'tree-of-life' on a natural camel-hair field and unusual yet striking, palmette in the prayer niche. The hand-panels contain a simply-drawn 'tree' in each, again on natural camel-hair background.
In excellent condition and dating to circa 1870-1880, this charming little rug retains its original plain-weave ends.
Size: 1.42m x 0.76m (4' 8" x 2' 6").
£1,800

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Province, North-east ...

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BM1954

Here we see a powerful rendition of the 'scorpion' symbol, depicted on a natural camel-hair ground. The use of the scorpion knotted or woven into rugs is specifically to keep out live scorpions from entering the rug itself! Having sat on Qashqa'i rugs with scorpion symbols, I can tell you that sometimes it worked and other times it didn't!!! However, we should be relatively safe from scorpions here in the West!
I love the movement of the scorpions in horizontal layers, facing in both directions. Note in the mihrab, the double-headed sunbird - guardians of the gates of Paradise. The main border, according to Siawosh Azadi in his book 'Carpets in the Baluch Tradition', might originate from the Baluch of Torbat-e-Haidariyeh or Torbat-e-Djam in Khorassan Province in north-east Persia.
This stunning prayer-rug was probably made circa 1900 and is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.65m x 0.84m (5' 5" x 2' 9").
£1,450

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").
SOLD

Rare Antique Baluch Wedding Rug, Baluch Tribes, ...

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BM/MI1

Recently arrived, this amazing and very rare wedding-rug, made by Baluch tribes in Khorassan province circa 1880. The unusual square size, the main borders only at top and bottom, the original selvedges and the vertical border-type patterns indicate a very special little rug, certainly not a bread sofreh, but quite possibly a rug made for the bride and groom to take their wedding vows.
Size: 84cm x 84cm (2' 9" x 2' 9").
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Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

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BM1412

This Baluch rug ranks up amongst the very best with its fabulous indigo-blue field incorporating attractive sky-blue lozenges. The glowing madder-red main border depicts the 'hashie anguri' or grape-vine pattern. In excellent condition, and made circa 1870, this Baluch will be on display and for sale at the HALI Fair in London from the 27th - 30th June.
Size: 2.14m x 1.07m (7' 0" x 3' 6").
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Antique Baluch Rug, Ali Mirza'i Tribe, Khorassan ...

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BM1902

Just magnificent! Ali Mirza'i Baluch weaving at it's very best from circa 1870-1880.
What instantly appeals is the use of glowing madder-red throughout. The central field with its myriad of totemic octagons - like Turkmen guls - disappearing under the borders and out into infinity! So what the weaver has done here is to simply grab a small piece of Paradise, surround it with a powerful 'hashie nargessi' or narcissus main border, and prevent good from escaping and evil spirits getting in.
The rug is in excellent condition for its age with brocaded chevron plain-weave skirts at each end. The lower skirt has had restoration in two of the black chevrons as can be seen in one of the close-up images but otherwise no other repairs exist in the rug. A superb and rare example of Baluchi weaving.
Size: 1.83m x 0.97m (6' 0" x 3' 2").
SOLD

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

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B15

Magnificent natural colours abound in this rare and superb rug of the Baluch nomads of north-east Persia, made around 1870. The natural camel-hair field contains what appear to be stylised leaves in shades of vegetable aubergine, turquoise, light and mid indigo-blues. The main border is stunning with its light-blue continuous vine running all the way round on a glowing madder-red background colour. The only damage on the rug is in the two narrow bands of dark-brown soumack weave in both skirts, where the dark-brown dye has corroded due to the mordant effect. The lower skirt has the worst of the damage and I have had the bands sewn onto a backing cloth to protect from any further damage rather than remove the skirts completely which would, in my mind, amount to sacrilege! The rug is such a superb example of its type that I feel it should be placed in a very quiet room or hung on a wall - a great way to admire such a fabulous piece.
Size: 2.03m x 1.05m (6' 8" x 3' 5").
SOLD

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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BM/SB

As illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent', I recently acquired this rug back from a private collection. It has a soft natural-dye colour palette with an aubergine field containing small stylised human representation up both sides, which I see as the symbolic depiction of fertility and birth. The wool is soft and lustrous and the rug is in very good condition with the remains of its flat-woven skirts at each end. Made by Baluch tribes on the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan.
Size: 1.98m x 1.10m (6' 6" x 3' 7").
SOLD

Antique Baluch Rug, Bahluli Sub-Tribe, Sistan Province, ...

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BM/PC

This rug has been in my personal collection for many years and has been one of my all-time favourite Baluchi rugs. I've had great pleasure from it and now it is time for someone else to enjoy it. This is probably one of the best Bahluli Baluch rugs I've seen over the years, with it fabulous array of vegetable colours - indigo-blue, madder-red, turquoise, pea-green and highlights of natural undyed ivory wool. The aubergine field contains a myriad of 'birds-heads' lozenges interspersed with various symbols and, if you look closely, you will observe a few animal figures. The outer red and inner ivory borders are most attractive having a scroll-like design, which I suspect might symbolise flowing water. The long flat-woven skirts are intact at each end of the rug - a very desirable feature.
The rug is illustrated in the third edition of my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 126.
Size: 1.82m x 0.91m (6' 0" x 3' 0").
SOLD

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

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BM/SR1

A rare and charming rug of the Baluch nomads of Khorassan Province, north-east Persia and made around 1870-1880. The natural camel-hair field contains a myriad of stylised creatures - peacocks, deer, gazelle and even a little chicken at the very top left. The outer and inner borders contain seated camels and the main border, stylised peacocks - symbols of immortality and wealth. Note the ivory date inserted into the main border lower middle left .
The rug, which is in excellent condition, is complete with goat-hair selvedges and ivory elems.
Size: 1.53 x 0.91m (5' 0" x 3' 0").
SOLD