Antique Bijar Rug, Kurdish Tribes of Bijar, ...

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This fabulous Kurdish Bijar rug has a wonderful array of vegetable colours and a most attractive ivory main border comprising a continuous flower and vine, symbolising the eternal cycle of life.
The field is covered in the 'herati' pattern which consists of two fish swimming around a water lily - symbolising happiness. Made during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the rug is in excellent pile all over. This is certainly a very happy rug!
Size: 2.34m x 1.38m (7' 8" x 4' 6").

Antique Kurdish Tribal Rug, Kurdistan.

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A stunning 'tree-of-life' dominates the field of this early nomadic rug made by Kurdish tribes in Kurdistan during the mid 19th century. Sky-blue, dark-blue, golden yellow, turquoise and madder-red provide the colours to this powerful tree with the main red border containing the strongly symbolic 'quincunx' pattern.
With evenly-low pile all over and two minor re-weaves in the lower kilim skirt, this is a rare and early surviving example of true Kurdish nomadic weaving.
Size: 2.26m x 1.24m (7' 5" x 4' 1").

Senneh Rug, Senneh, Persian Kurdistan.

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This tiny little rug or mat was finely knotted in the town of Senneh in Persian Kurdistan during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. It comprises a field of 'botehs' - flame symbols which originated amongst the Zoarostrians in the Province of Kerman and then universally copied.
Weavers from the Kerman area went to Kashmir during the early twentieth century and introduced the 'boteh' to the Kashmiris who then reproduced the design in the famous Kashmir Shawl. The same 'boteh' again was used later in the shawls made in Paisley, Scotland.
This charming little rug is in excellent condition with the selvedges overbound in silk.
Size: 54cm x 35cm (1' 9" x 1' 2").

Antique Kurdish Rug, Sauj Bolaq, Kurdistan.

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The Kurds of Sauj Bolaq produced some of the best Kurdish work up until the end of the 19th century. The wool quality in this magnificent rug is soft and lustrous and the indigo-blue field of small totemic symbols is rich and sumptuous.
Size: 2.30m x 1.34m (7' 6" x 4' 5").

Antique Kurdish Rug, Sa'uj Bulagh, Eastern Kurdistan. ...

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Absolutely magnificent!
This fabulous full-pile rug made by Kurds in the area of Sa'uj Bulagh in the mid to third quarter of the nineteenth century has beautiful, natural, saturated colours. You need to look at the detail images to really see the colour in all its glory. The dark-brown dye was mordanted and has become slightly corroded in over 100 years but this is anything but a defect - it is very attractive to the point of creating a three dimensional look to the rug.
Good Kurdish rugs like this are a rare find these days and in this rug, which has absolutely no repairs and the most wonderful glossy wool, we see a masterpiece of nomadic woven art.
Size: 2.52m x 1.20m (8' 3" x 4' 0").

Antique Hall Runner, Kurdish Tribes of Bijar, ...

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This beautiful hall runner was made by settled Kurdish tribes in the Bijar area of Persian Kurdistan circa 1900. It is in full, lustrous woollen pile throughout with a central field of stylised flowers, referred to as 'mina khani' in Persian or nectar blossom design.
Size: 5.10m x 0.92m (16' 9" x 3' 0").

Antique Kordi Corridor Carpet, Quchan Region, Khorassan, ...

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Bold, visually exciting and in mint condition, this wonderful corridor carpet was made by Kurds of Khorassan - known simply as 'Kordi' - around 1880-1900.
Size: 2.92m x 1.48m (9' 7" x 4' 10").

Antique Kordi Tribal Rug, Kurds of Quchan, ...

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This unusual rug, made by the Kurds of Quchan, generally referred to as 'Kordi' nomads, is in full pile with superb, saturated natural colours. Diagonal bands of totemic symbols fill the indigo-blue field and surrounded by a striking saffron-yellow main border. The flatwoven skirts are complete at both ends and the rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.63m x 0.99m (5' 4" x 3' 3").

Antique Kurdish Flatweave, Kordi Tribes of Quchan, ...

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This magnificent flatweave was woven by Kordi nomads in the vicinity of Quchan in north-east Persia around 1880. The work is quite amazing and I particularly love the depiction of various birds and deer. Even the madder-red skirts at each end show a line of deer! The only other similar example of this type that I know of, is published in James Opie's 'Tribal Rugs' on page 167. I would guess this flatweave was a dowry piece and a highly prized possession.
Size: 2.06m x 1.04m (6' 9" x 3' 5").

Antique Kordi Rug, Kurds of Khorassan, North-East ...

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During the 1500s, 4,000 Kurdish families were moved from Kurdistan to Quchan in Khorassan Province, to guard the area from invading Turkmen and Uzbeks. Their rugs and bags are quite different from those made in Kurdistan and this powerful example shows the Turkmen influence of large-scale 'guls' depicted in the aubergine field. Although evenly low in pile, this rug is a superb example of early Kordi work from the Quchan area - possibly 1860s.
Size: 2.26m x 1.57m (7' 5" x 5' 2").

Antique Senneh Rug, Kurdish Tribes of Senneh, ...

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This most decorative knotted-pile rug was made by Kurds in the region of Senneh in Persian Kurdistan around 1900-1910. All the beautiful colours are natural and the design consists of stylized roses in the central field and in the main border. The rose originated in Persia before being introduced to France and then eventually to the UK. The rug is in full pile i.e. in mint condition.
Size: 2.08m x 1.53m (6' 10" x 5' 0").

Antique Storage Bag-Face, Jaf Kurds, Kurdistan.

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Beautiful vegetable colours were used in the making of this storage bag during the second half of the 19th century by Jaf Kurds in Kurdistan. The wool too is soft and luxuriant and bar two small expertly re-knotted lower corners, the bag is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.09m x 0.76m (3' 7" x 2' 6").