Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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Rare and absolutely stunning! Nineteenth century gabbehs today are scarce due to the fact that they were made for tent use and most had a hard life with many completely worn out! Therefore the few that come on the market these days, in this condition, are few and far between!
Most gabbehs were made with the weaver creating her own design - symbolic or otherwise - but I've never come across one like this before. The compartmentalised pattern containing 'quincunx' or 'fives' - symbols of protection - are dominant in this gabbeh.
Made by Luri nomads in Luristan between 1850 and 1870, the gabbeh is in very good overall condition with an evenly-low pile and wonderful shades of vegetable colours i.e. reds, golden yellow, ivory, dark blue and particularly attractive, different shades of light, pea-green.
The ends are complete as are the selvedges and some minor re-piling has been carried out in several areas.
Size: 2.34m x 1.55m (7' 8" x 5' 1").

Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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The simplistic drawing on this gabbeh is dramatic and pleasing. The two natural-dye pink-red lozenges are surrounded by a beautiful natural sky-blue field with attractive abrash of colour throughout. Made by Luri nomads during the last quarter of the 19th century, the overall condition of pile is excellent. Nineteenth century gabbehs are now scarce, particularly as they were heavily used for everyday use in the black tents, and when worn out, were simply discarded. Today, they have become collectable in the world market, not only for their rarity but for the stunning, abstract, tribal patterning.
Size: 2.61m x 1.32m (8' 7" x 4' 4").

Bakhtiari 'Khan' Rug, Bakhtiari Tribes, The Chahar ...

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This rug can only be described as magnificent.
Made for a Bakhtiari Khan around 1880, the rug is very finely knotted indicating that it was given to the most experienced weaver within the tribe. The typical Bakhtiari compartmentalised design is beautifully drawn - not busy as seen in later examples of village Bakhtiari work.
The vegetable colours too are just stunning with gorgeous shades of golden yellow and rich green combined with madder-red and indigo-blue.
When it was made, the pile was cut short to accentuate the clarity of design and today, the overall condition is very good, evenly-low pile throughout.
Size: 1.68m x 1.37m (5' 6" x 4' 6").

Antique Gabbeh, Lor - Boyer Ahmadi Tribe, ...

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Here is a truly fabulous gabbeh made by the Boyer Ahmadi Lor tribe around the last quarter 19th century. The rug is full of symbolic representation and a delifghtful array of small stylised birds and animals. I love the little tribal woman in the centre with short legs!
Gabbehs are now rare. They were used and I suppose abused, in tribal life as everyday floor rugs and for wrapping up children during the cold winter nights, thus few have survived.
Size: 2.24m x 1.37m (7' 4" x 4' 6").

Antique Bakhtiari Rug, Sheikh Chupan Area, Chahar ...

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This magnificent rug was made by Bakhtiari nomads, settled around the area of Sheikh Chupan in Chahar Mahal Province, western Persia around 1890-1900. The stunning indigo-blue field contains a myriad of cypress trees in a 'ghab' or compartmentalised design.
The rug is in excellent condition with a wonderful array of vegetable colours. Particularly powerful and attractive is the main border containing a design of interlinking vines, more commonly found on Caucasian rugs.
Size: 2.13m x 1.42m (7' 0" x 4' 8").

Bakhtiari Tribal Rug, Bakhtiari Nomads, Western Persia. ...

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Rugs of the nomadic Bakhtiari are rare. Most of the Bakhtiari rugs in todays market-place were made in villages in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia around 1880-1920.
This charming rug, with its abrash of natural colours and a wealth of stylized people and animals, speaks nomadic tribal! Made during the third quarter of the nineteenth century, it has evenly-low pile all over but without any restoration and the attractive golden-yellow border frames a field of tribal life.
I have spent a long time looking at the rug and just trying to fathom out what the weaver was maybe hoping to tell us about her life in the Bakhtiari! It's a rug that will give hours of pleasure - more so than a painting - where it can either be hung on the wall and enjoyed, or simply used on the floor in a quiet place. I hope I can enjoy it for a bit longer before it is snapped up by a discerning connoisseur of truly tribal works of art!
Size: 2.00m x 1.04m (6' 7" x 3' 5").

Antique Bakhtiari Tribal Rug, The Chahar Mahal, ...

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The spontaneity of the stunning 'garden of Paradise' design in this Bakhtiari rug, containing cypress, willow and pomegranate trees, is just superb. Made circa 1900, the rug is in overall very good condition with a very few minor areas of restoration.
A truly beautiful rug.
Size: Approx. 1.83m x 1.45m (6' 0" x 4' 9").

Antique Luri Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Western Persia. ...

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This magnificent Gabbeh carpet was made by Luri tribes in south-western Persia circa 1900-1910. The wool quality is like silk-velvet - all vegetable dyes - and an unusual design of lozenges containing pre-Islamic crosses, symbolically for breaking down evil into four parts. Interestingly, the crosses also form a '5' - another protective symbol. Either side of the lozenges and next to the inner border, are depicted two indigo-blue stylised 'trees-of-life' - representing the 3-level universe to these nomads. This is an incredible carpet in mint condition.
Size: 2.51m x 1.91m (8' 3" x 6' 3").

Antique Bakhtiari Rug, Western Persia

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This fabulous Bakhtiari rug has a rare 'mina khani' (nectar-blossom) field - a design more commonly used by the Baluch and Kurds. The rug has wonderful glossy wool and is in mint condition.
Size: 2.29m x 1.05m (7' 6" x 3' 5").

Antique Bakhtiari 'garden panel' Rug, Chahar Mahal, ...

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This fabulous Bakhtiari garden panel rug comprises willow, cypress and pomegranate trees - a veritable garden of Paradise!
All vegetable colours - very good condition.
Size: 2.03m x 1.56m (6' 8" x 5' 2").

Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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A stunning gabbeh rug made by Luri nomads during the last quarter of the 19th century with a 'tree of life' depicted on the central natural ivory ground field. This visually stunning rug is in good condition bar a little wear in the central field. Lovely soft wool - all good colours.
Size: 1.60m x 1.27m (5' 3" x 4' 2").

Antique Bakhtiari Rug, The Chahar Mahal Region, ...

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This very finely knotted, floral rug was made by Bakhtiari tribes in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia around 1900. All the dyes are vegetable and the rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 2.03m x 1.40m (6' 8" x 4' 7").