Antique 'Shiraki' Flat-Weave, Khamseh Confederacy, Eastern Fars ...

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BM1722

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").
£3,500
| $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR

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

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BM1617

A most attractive and decorative 19th century kilim, made by Qashqa'i nomads in south-west Persia circa 1870-1880. Generally in very good useable condition, the kilim has several old re-weaves which don't appear obvious when it is on the floor, and this is reflected in the price.
The fabulous range of colours are all from organic dyes and this can be seen in the various amounts of 'abrash' (changes of colour) throughout and particularly in the magnificent sky-blue. The kilim has been washed and floor ready.
Size: 2.69m x 1.53m (8' 10" x 5' 0").
£2,750
| $3,832 USD | €3,205 EUR

Antique Kilim, Luri Tribes, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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BM1624

This kilim, made by Luri nomads in Luristan circa 1890-1900, 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").
£2,750
| $3,832 USD | €3,205 EUR

Antique Kilim, Bijar Region, Persian Kurdistan.

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BM1674

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").
£2,750
| $3,832 USD | €3,205 EUR

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

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BM1651

An attractive kilim made circa 1880-1900 by Qashqa'i nomads in Fars Province, south-west Persia. The madder-red field contains a nicely-balanced pattern of Qashqa'i 'birds-heads' symbols, surrounded by a sky-blue and rustic inner border. The kilim is in generally very good overall condition and retaining its attractive skirts at each end.
Size: 2.67m x 1.40m (8' 9" x 4' 7").
£1,850
| $2,578 USD | €2,156 EUR

Antique Kilim, Senneh, Persian Kurdistan.

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BM1700

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").
SOLD

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

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B17

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").
SOLD

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

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BM1599

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").
SOLD

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

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BM1613

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").
SOLD

Antique Zili, Azerbaijan.

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BM118

The natural colours in this flat-weave or 'zili' are particularly attractive against the Cotswold stone on the outside of my 16th century farmhouse.
Woven in Azerbaijan around 1900, the vertical and horizontal bands with their zig-zag design, reminds me of flowing water - symbolically important in tribal life as in life as a whole!
In excellent condition - 2.29m x 1.76m (7' 6" x 5' 9").
SOLD

Antique Kilim, Shirvan Region, Eastern Caucasus

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BM908

This magnificent kilim will enhance any wooden floor in a London apartment or elsewhere. Woven in Shirvan in the eastern Caucasus during the last quarter of the 19th century, this kilim has fabulous vegetable colours and is in very good condition bar a few minor re-weaves.
Size: 3.10m x 1.57m (10' 2" x 5' 2").
SOLD

Antique Soumak Carpet, Shemakha, Azerbaijan.

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BM1082

This most handsome Soumack carpet, woven in beautiful vegetable colours, has a bold and graphic design of two vertical rows of 6 large zoomorphic, bird-like lozenges on a terracotta ground.
In very good condition.
Size: 3.00m x 1.60m (9' 10" x 5' 3").
SOLD