Antique Large 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 Soumak Carpet, Lesghi Region, Southern Daghestan, ...

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A most attractive and Soumak carpet in very good overall condition with just a few minor repairs. Woven in the Lesghi area of South Daghestan in the eastern Caucasus around 1900, the simple use of reds and blues makes for a handsome and decorative carpet.
Size: 3.80m x 2.20m (12' 6" x 7' 3")

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

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Flat-weaves of the Timuri Sangtschuli tribe 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 Bread Sofreh, Baluch Tribes, Khorassan Province, ...

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This magnificent, finely woven and knotted-pile bread sofreh has been in my personal collection for a few years. It is one of the best of type that I've come across in 40 years of dealing and collecting.
The central aubergine field is in fine plain-weave technique and it is surrounded by a very finely knotted-pile border containing the continuous vine, symbolising the eternal cycle of life.
Bearing in mind it was made during the second half nineteenth century, this sofreh is in remarkable condition and is complete with brocade and plain-weave 'elems' or skirts.
Size: 3' 10" square

Antique Ru Korssi, Timuri Sangtschuli Tribe, Borderlands ...

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Illustrated in my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 103, the Ru Korssi was a decorative cover for the brazier - a low open wooden frame under which was placed a bowl of burning charcoal. The frame was covered with blankets and the ru korssi placed over the top. The inhabitants of the tent would then sit around this frame, warming themselves by placing their legs and hands under the warm cover. The word 'ru' literally means surface or a face, anything that is turned outwards and 'korssi' signifies a table or frame.
This beautiful cover, made by the Timuri - Sangtschuli tribe in the 19th century, is entirely in flatwoven - a plain-weave aubergine field and a main border intricately woven in reverse soumak technique with highlights of silk and metal-thread.
Size: 1.30m (4' 3") square.

Antique Sofreh, Timuri - Sangtschuli Tribe, Borderlands ...

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This dining sofreh is unusual for its small, narrow size. They are more usually around 91cm wide, whereas this one is only 43cm, so my guess is that it was specially made for a young child - possibly for the son of the tribal chief? He too, was an important person within the tribe, being the successor to his father.
Woven by a Timuri - Sangtschuli tribal weaver circa 1880-1900, the sofreh is in complete condition with the central part woven in soumak technique. The selvedges are strongly bound in goat-hair.
Dining sofrehs were used in the tents to place food, bread and tea on while the nomads would sit around the sofreh cross-legged and eat.
Sofrehs of this age and type now are rare and this is a very fine example of late 19th century work. These sofrehs look particularly good draped over a chest for maximum impact.
Size: 1.45 x 0.43m (4' 9" x 1' 5").

Antique Ru Korssi, Baluch Tribes, Western Afghanistan. ...

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The 'Ru Korssi' was a flat-woven decorative cover for the 'mangal' - a wooden frame placed in the tent or mud-brick dwelling under which bowls of burning charcoal were placed. The mangal was then covered with blankets and on the very top, was place the symbolic, decorative cover, the ru korssi.
This stunning ru korssi was woven by Baluch nomads around 1900 and incorporates 'trees-of-life' in the central natural aubergine ground and on either side protected by powerful borders.
The horizontal borders at the top and bottom contain one border line in knotted-pile. Also note at the very bottom of the aubergine field, two differing symbols on either side of the central tree.
I believe this represents the male and female symbols representing eternal life and fertility.
Size: 1.52m x 1.42m (5' 0" x 4' 8").

Antique Kilim, Senneh, Persian Kurdistan.

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This beautiful and elegant kilim from the Senneh region of Persian Kurdistan, must rank as one of the very best I've handled in 40 years of dealing in antique rugs and kilims. Made during the third quarter of the nineteenth century, the weave is not just incredibly fine but the design is very unusual. In the main, the majority of Senneh kilims have a small 'herati' pattern all over but here we see the small 'herati' pattern in the central square surrounding a large, ivory 'eye' and around this central square, are depicted large 'botehs'.
This kilim has been hung on the wall for many years as it came to me with hanging loops attached to the back, and thus it has been preserved and I suspect, a prized possession to the last owner.
Size: 2.00m x 1.27m (6' 6" x 4' 2").

Antique Kilim, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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This stunning kilim, woven by the Qashqa'i nomads in Fars, south-western Persia circa 1900, has just arrived. The natural colours are superb with a wonderful use of sky-blue, golden yellow, madder-red and green. The kilim is in excellent condition with no repairs and will be extremely decorative on the ideal wood floor.
Size: 2.50m x 1.63m (8' 3" x 5' 4").

Antique Kilim, Shirvan Region, Eastern Caucasus.

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The deep indigo-blue ground of this stunning kilim contains a myriad of diamond-shape lozenges and in a few places, stylised creatures - deer or gazelle - are depicted.
Woven in the Shirvan region of the eastern Caucasus around 1900, the kilim is in excellent overall condition with no repairs whatsoever. For a very similar published example, please refer to 'Qaraja to Quba' by Raoul Tschebull, on page 192.
Size: 2.87m x 1.73m (9' 5" x 5' 8").

Antique Jajim, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West ...

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This stunning flat-woven Jajim - sometimes referred to as a 'Moj' which means 'wave' in Persian, was intricately woven by Qashqa'i nomads in Fars, south-western Persia, circa 1900.
It is extremely unusual in its design - most look like the example in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 186, if you have access to a copy! Otherwise you know where to find one!! The weaving in these jajims is incredible when you think they were woven on basic ground looms! This technique is highly sophisticated and beats anything woven in kilim-weave and I suspect the weaver in this case was a master at her art. Jajims were mainly used for compartmentalising the tents into rooms and like kilims, were used for covering the bedding around the circumference of the tent and also covering the storage-bags on the camels while on migration. This Moj is harder wearing than a kilim and can be used on the floor with a good underlay to hold it firmly down.
Size: 2.41m x 1.60m (8' 0" x 5' 3").

Antique Flatweave Dining Sofreh, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands ...

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This rare and incredibly stunning coral-ground dining sofreh was made around 1870 by Timuri nomads on the Persian/Afghan border region. The cross in the centre symbolises protection - a pre-Islamic symbol for breaking down evil into four parts, thus giving protection to the food placed upon the sofreh during meal-times. Although the sofreh was made entirely from wool with goat-hair selvedges, the Timuri weaver has inserted highlights of silk which I suspect was made for an important member of the tribe, possibly the khan or chief. Camel-hair is more often found in the field of sofrehs but in this instance, the use of a natural coral dye is much rarer.
The brocaded skirts are superb in intricate brocaded weave, putting a stunning finishing touch to a highly-prized utilitarian weaving.
Size: 1.50m x 0.84m (4' 11" x 2' 9").