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 Soumak Carpet, Lesghi Region, South 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 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 'Shiraki' Flat-Weave, Khamseh Confederacy Tribes, Eastern ...

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Of all the flatwoven floor coverings, the least known is the 'palas'. The 'palas' was made by various tribes in Persia - the most common being from Kerman Province in the south and Khorassan Province in the north-east of the country. This particular palas is known as 'shiraki', made by Arab tribes within the Khamseh Confederacy of eastern Fars Province, south Persia circa 1900. The home of these nomads is between Abadeh and Darab and as far south to western Kerman and Minab. Many were woven in two halves and expertly joined together as well as in one complete piece, like this one. The pattern and design in all of them is provided by tiny repeating motifs, and in this case, the repeating pattern comprises tiny birds, woven in weft-float brocading on an ivory cotton background. Shiraki like this one, are rare.
Size: 2.13m x 1.68m (7' 0" x 5' 6").

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

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The natural camel-hair field in this superb sofreh contains a pre-Islamic cross for breaking down evil into four parts and protecting the food placed on the sofreh. Tribespeople would sit around the sofreh at mealtimes enjoying a meal. Note the beautifully brocaded skirts at each end - those and the barber-pole selvedges are indicative of Timuri weaving. Made during the last quarter of the 19th century by Timuri tribes on the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan.
Size: 1.60m x 0.76m (5' 3" x 2' 6").

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 Ru Korssi, Luri Nomads, Luristan, ...

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This stunning kilim, with is fabulous abrash of madder-red and a field of 'swastika' type elements - pre-Islamic symbols for breaking evil down into four parts (rather ironically) - was made by Luri nomads in Luristan around the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
I believe its purpose was as a 'ru korssi' - a decorative cover over a wooden frame, under which were placed bowls of burning charcoal during the cold nights, and where the nomads could sit around the ru korssi and warm their toes under the decorative kilim covering.
Ru korssis like this large size are rare and now perfect as a beautiful floor covering.
Size: 2.34m x 1.50m (7' 8" 5' 0").

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

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Illustrated in my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Ten' 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 Kilim, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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Woven by Luri nomads in Luristan circa 1890-1900, this kilim is in excellent condition, with a field design of diagonal bands of 'eyes', symbolically warding off everything bad.
Very decorative and floor worthy.
Size: 2.06m x 1.27m (6' 9" x 4' 2").

Antique Dining Sofreh, Kamo, Central Persia.

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Kamo, a small village in central Persia, were famous for their dining sofrehs, all woven from the 19th century through to the early 20th century. The dining sofreh was placed on the floor of the tent or mud-brick dwelling at mealtimes and when guests were present, and bowls of food, bread and chai were placed upon the sofreh. Tribespeople would then sit around the sofreh cross-legged, and eat.
This stunning sofreh was made during the early 20th century in Kamo, and appears to have an 'eye' in the centre, symbolically for warding off evil spirits. I particularly love the protrusions pointing in to the 'eye' - wonderful artistic movement.
The crease in the centre is simply a fold mark which will be removed.
Size: 1.22m x 0.96m (4' 0" x 3' 2").

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

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The dining sofreh was the equivalent of a table-cloth in the West, but was spread out on the floor of the tent during mealtimes with bread, food and tea placed upon it. The nomads would then sit around the sofreh, cross-legged, and eat.
This beautiful dining sofreh, with its natural camel-hair field and long, intricately woven skirts, was made by Timuri nomads in the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan around 1880. It is in excellent, complete condition with no repairs whatsoever.
Size: 1.40m 0.69m (4' 7" x 2' 3").

Antique Kilim, Kurdish Tribes of Bijar, Persian ...

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This beautiful and remarkable kilim was woven by settled Kurds in the Bijar area of Persian Kurdistan circa 1900. The beautiful indigo-blue ground contains a myriad of roses and in the centre, the depiction of a rose bursting into life with the warmth of the sun - the most powerful symbol in nomadic life. The natural colours are truly superb - different shades of blue, green, red and golden-yellow.
Size: 2.35 x 1.35m (7' 9" x 4' 5").