Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Buly Chaqal Sub-Tribe, Fars ...

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The madder-red field comprises the 'herati' pattern, i.e. two fish swimming around water-lilies - symbolising happiness. Made by the Buly Chaqal Qashqa'i taifeh in Fars Province, south-west Persia circa 1900, this elegantly, beautiful tribal rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 2.53m x 1.73m (8' 4" x 5' 8").

Antique Gabbeh, Qshqa'i - Kashkuli Tribe, Fars ...

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I love the bold depiction of large diamond-shape lozenges in this spectacular little Gabbeh, made by the Kashkuli taifeh of the Qashqa'i Confederacy circa 1880.
Gabbehs from this period, in this full-pile condition, are rare. Not only that, but the small size is extremely unusual. The soft, lustrous, saturated natural-dye wool quality too is fabulous.
During the 19th century, gabbehs were made quickly on ground looms and often quite coarsely knotted. Their purpose was purely as everyday floor coverings in the black tents, with the finer more intricately knotted rugs kept aside for special occasions. Thus gabbehs were heavily used and when worn out, simply discarded!
Today, few 19th century gabbehs like this one survived and have thus become very collectable.
Size: 1.40m x 1.04m (4' 7" x 3' 5").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Shesh Boluki Sub-Tribe, Fars ...

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I love natural indigo-blue ground rugs, particularly where the wool used is exceptional and the blue glows like oil floating on water. This rug has to be seen to fully appreciate the gorgeous shades of blue, covered by a myriad of stylised flowers or shrubs.
I also love the main border - a powerful rendition of stylised trees on a natural un-dyed ivory background framing the field.
This rug, which I suspect was made by the Shesh-Boluki sub-tribe within the Qashqa'i confederacy, was made circa 1900 and is in very good overall condition with no repairs.
Size: 2.06m x 1.22m (6' 9" x 4' 0").

Antique Jajim 'Moj', Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, ...

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For a full-size photo of this magnificent Moj, see my third edition 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' page 186.
Woven by Qashqa'i nomads in Fars Province, south-west Persia during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, 'moj' or jajims are distinctive flat-woven covers that were used as blankets and covers for the storage-bags around the circumference of the tent. They were woven in a technique referred to as balanced twill-weave, made in two equal parts and then expertly sewn together. The most exciting feature of this moj is the interplay of colours within the weave which gives this flat-weave its name 'moj' - in Persian, 'wave'.
Moj of this age are now quite rare and this one is a nice small square example, easily used in a decorative place in the modern home.
Size: 1.83m x 1.70m (6' 0" x 5' 7").

Contemporary Sofreh, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

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I chose this charming contemporary plain-weave sofreh for its crazy design in natural colours, but yet its very fine weaving with beautifully brocaded skirts.
Woven by Qashqa'i tribes in Fars Province, south-west Iran, circa 2000 -2010, this stunning little flat-weave would make a visually exciting wall hanging.
Size: 89cm x 75cm (3' 0" x 2' 6").

Contemporary Sofreh, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

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Like the previous sofreh, I loved the high-quality weaving and exciting design in this contemporary Qashqa'i weaving.
Size: 87cm x 72cm (2' 10" x 2' 4").

Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Fars Province, South-West ...

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This rug had been hanging on the wall of a collector's English home for 40 years! It's an amazing rug. The animal and bird imagery is quite unique and I can say that it is one of the most interesting Qashqa'i rugs I've ever seen. Spend some time looking at the close-up images and you will see the phenomenal number of stylised creatures that abound throughout. I can see why the collector had it on his wall where he was able to just sit and look at it. The overall condition of the pile is very good. There are a few areas with minor wear and some old repairs but nothing major. The colours are all natural and I would guess the age of the rug to be circa 1860-1870. I can't speak highly enough of this rug - it's magnificent.
For the collector of Qashqa'i rugs, this is one not to be missed!
Size: 2.24m x 1.25m (7' 4" x 4' 1").

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

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Simply magnificent! Superb vegetable colours creating a wonderful colour palette. Made during the second half of the 19th century by Qashqa'i tribes in Fars Province, south-west Persia, gabbehs were made then for everyday use in the tents and for wrapping-up children during the long cold winter nights. Today, gabbehs are rare - most were used and discarded when worn out. Those that remain have become highly collectable. The overall condition of this gabbeh is good - evenly low pile but very acceptable.
Size: 2.34m x 1.40m (7' 8" x 4' 7").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Kashkuli Sub-Tribe, Fars Province, ...

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Qashqa'i elegance personified! Just magnificent and just in today. The Kashkuli were the finest weavers within the Qashqa'i Confederacy and here we see an example of their best work. Look at the close-up images for the best colour - glowing natural dyes throughout - with a near-blue/black field containing Qashqa'i 'scorpion' lozenges in different colours and disappearing out under the borders. The madder-red spandrels contain elegant curvilinear 'botehs' and the glowing indigo-blue main border has a continual two fish swimming around a water-lily, symbolising happiness.
A truly fabulous rug in excellent condition.
Size: 1.90m x 1.22m (6' 3" x 4' 0").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Fars Province, South-West Persia ...

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This magnificent rug was made by the Qashqa'i tribes, around 1870/1880. The overall condition of the rug is excellent. The natural colours are wonderful and I love the two stylized figures in the centre!
Size: 1.80m x 1.10m (6' 0" x 3' 10").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Shekarlu Taifeh, Fars Province, ...

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This is a truly beautiful example of the best of Shekarlu - Qashqa'i weaving. It is important to look at the detail images to really appreciate the wonderful vegetable colours. Made around 1870, the rug is in very good pile albeit the selvedges have been replaced due to wear. The main ivory border is typical 'Shekarlu' as is the indigo-blue field with its stylised trees and flowers - a true garden of Paradise!
Size: 2.16m x 1.70m (7' 1" x 5' 7").

Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Kashkuli Tribe, Fars Province, ...

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The Kashkuli nomads were the finest weavers within the Qashqa'i Confederacy and this rug, made circa 1880, is a testament to the exceptional quality of these 19th century Kashkuli rugs. The beautiful indigo-blue field contains a myriad of flowers which, to these nomads, represented their woven gardens within their black tents. The main border is finely executed and the saturated natural colours are glowing in the very best way. Just magnificent!
Size: 2.31m x 1.27m (7' 7" x 4' 2").