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

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BM1995

This is a truly tribal Qashqa'i rug, made on the move as the tribe migrates from winter to summer pastures, sometime in the third quarter of the nineteenth century. There is a wonderful movement of colour and design, full of stylised creatures of all kinds in stunning, saturated vegetable colour. Spectacular hanging on a wall or in a quiet location in the house, the pile is evenly-low overall and both minor end borders have been re-woven expertly, as desrves such a magnificent early rug.
Size: 1.90m x 1.17m (6' 3" x 3' 10").
£2,950

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

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BM/PC

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").
£1,750

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

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BM/JS1

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").
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Antique Qashqa'i- Shekarlu Rug, Fars province, South-West ...

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BM790

This rug is truly fantastic. Not only is it amazing, it is in wonderful condition with complete brocaded skirts and braided warp-ends. The rugs of the Shekarlu sub-tribe are relatively rare and this one is no exception with its brick-red field (blue fields are more common) and more unusual borders than most. Made by the Qashqa'i-Shekarlu tribe around 1850 in Fars Province, south-west Persia.
Size: 2.36m x 1.83m (7' 9" x 6' 0").
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Antique Gabbeh, Qashqa'i Tribes, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM1040

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

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BM1157

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

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BM901

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

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MAC100

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

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MAC46

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").
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Antique Qashqa'i Rug, Shekarlu Sub-Tribe, Fars Province, ...

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BM1494

Just magnificent! This superb early example of Shekarlu - Qashqa'i weaving was made during the third quarter of the nineteenth century and depicts a field of narrow vertical columns incorporating small angular 'botehs'. What is particularly attractive is the powerful main border with its diagonal bands in beautiful natural-dye shades of colour. The long brocaded skirts at both ends of the rug are very attractive and virtually complete. This is a highly collectible rug as well as being extremely decorative - washed and ready for floor use.
Size: 2.09m x 1.50m (6' 10" x 5' 0").
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Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Fars Province, South-West ...

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BM/Q1

Exceptional Qashqa'i rugs are not easy to find these days but when one comes along like this, then a dream come true!! Magnificent is the only way to describe this beautiful rug, made around 1880 by Qashqa'i tribes in Fars Province, south-west Persia.
The triple 'scorpion' lozenges in the centre of the stunning indigo-blue field are a regular Qashqa'i symbolic pattern and surrounding these are lots of little stylised fish, swimming around water-lilies symbolising happiness - a water-garden design!
The rug is finely knotted and in excellent condition.
Size: 2.52m x 1.45m (8' 3" x 4' 9").
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Antique Qashqa'i Tribal Rug, Shesh Boluki Sub-Tribe, ...

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BM/AF1

This magnificent Qashqa'i rug, made by the Shesh Boluki taifeh around 1900, has the most fabulous palette of madder-red in the central field and surrounded by sky-blue spandrels.
In the centre, the sky-blue depicts the Qashqa'i 'scorpion' symbol which is there to keep out live scorpions! During my time in the Qashqa'i black tents sitting on rugs with the scorpion symbol, I can honestly say, sometimes it worked and often it didn't!!
Size: 2.44m x 1.83m (8' 0" x 6' 0").
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