Antique Khorjin (saddle-bags), Shahsevan Tribes of Khamseh, ...

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Acquired from a private collection, this superb khorjin (saddle-bags) was woven in extra weft wrapping technique by Shahsevan nomads in the Khamseh region of north-west Persia around 1870-1880.
The khorjin is in excellent complete condition with original lappits and ties and given the purpose of hard use on tribal migrations, the weaver has even sewn leather strips onto the base of the bag and around the lappits, in order to protect it from daily wear. This is a truly magnificent and rare khorjin in amazing condition.
Size: 1.50m x 0.56m (4' 11" x 1' 10").

Antique Mini Khorjin 'saddle-bags', Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan ...

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Just in from a private collection, a fabulous pair of mini saddle-bags - 'khorjin' in Persian - woven by Shahsevan nomads during the third quarter of the nineteenth century in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan.
These magnificent saddle-bags are finely woven in soumak technique on both bag faces with the back in madder-red, plain-weave technique. The lappits and woollen loops are intact and the bag is complete and in excellent condition. This is a rare and very collectable pair of saddle-bags.
Size: 67cm x 28cm (2' 2" x 11").

Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads of Moghan, Azerbaijan. ...

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The Shahsevan woman who made this magnificent salt-bag (namakdan) was without any doubt, at the very peak of her weaving ability. I can't say enough, how fantastic this bag is.
Woven around 1900 by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan, the bag is complete and in fact, in near-mint condition. I would stab a guess and say it was a dowry weaving, highly-prized and probably hardly used - maybe kept in a boksche (wedding bag) until it was sold. The weaving, in soumak technique, is as fine as one is likely to find.
Size: 46cm x 46cm (1' 6" x 1'6").

Antique Saddle-Bag-Face, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan

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This rare and early Shahsevan piled saddle-bag face with good natural colours has been washed and restored. Highly collectable!
Sizes: 56cm x 61cm (1' 10" x 2' 0") each.

Antique Saddle-Bag Face, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan

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The pair to the previous saddle-bag face, made by Shahsevan tribes in Azerbaijan around the 1850s. The bagface is in knotted-pile with some of the outer minor border missing on the left side and at the bottom. Nevertheless, this is a rare, early and very collectable example of the piled Shahsevan saddle bags.
Size: 56cm x 61cm (1' 10" x 2' 0") each.

Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, Azerbaijan. ...

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Just arrived from a UK private collection, this magnificent 'namakdan' (salt-bag), is a rare example woven in soumak technique, by a Shahsevan nomad in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan circa 1870-1880.
The bag is completely original with plain-weave back in traditional narrow horizontal bands of madder-red and deep indigo-blue and the sides are over-bound in different colours with original vegetable-dye wool.
The main body of the bag comprises of double-headed sun-birds, symbolically the guardians of the gates of Paradise, and a popular design amongst the Moghan Shahsevan.
Size: 43cm 33cm (1' 5" x 1' 1").

Antique Bag-Face, Shahsevan Nomads of Moghan, Azerbaijan. ...

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A very fine and possibly late 18th or early 19th century bag-face, woven in soumak technique by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan.
The indigo-blue background contains stylised 'dragons' or 'peacocks' - a design that ranks highly amongst collectors worldwide.
The plain-weave back is missing but the tie-lappits remain.
Size: 53cm x 56cm (1' 9" x 1' 10").

Antique Namakdan (salt-bag), Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan.

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This namakdan (salt-bag), woven in flat-weave technique by Shahsevan nomads circa 1900, contains a field of hooked lozenges, disappearing under the border and out into infinity.
The bag is in mint condition bar a break in the braided handle which has been repaired. The back is in typical plain-weave technique with horizontal bands of different colours.
Size: 41cm x 35cm (1' 4" x 1' 2").

Antique Mafrash (cargo-bag), Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, ...

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Mafrash or cargo-bags were usually made in pairs, packed with clothing and bedding and strapped to the flanks of the camel during long migrations. This stunning mafrash was intricately woven by Shahsevan nomads during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The simplicity of the design - three large 'birds-heads' lozenges on the side panels and one on the end panels, is powerful and dramatic. The mafrash is complete and in original condition.

Antique Chanteh (Vanity Bag), Shahsevan Tribes, North-West ...

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This very old and rare Vanity Bag ('Chanteh' in Persian) was woven by Shahsevan nomads in north-western Persia around 1850. The finely executed soumack technique is indicative of a tribe that produced probably the very best flat-woven work up until the end of the 19th century. The front top of the plain-weave section of the bag is expertly re-woven as is the lower section of the back.
Size: 25cm x 25cm (10" x 10").

Antique Saddle-Bags, Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan.

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These are a fantastic pair of saddle-bags. Woven by Shahsevan nomads in Azerbaijan in the second half 19th century, they are complete with original plain-weave back. The intricate soumack weave all over is just amazing when you think such bags were entirely utilitarian. The colours too, are vibrant vegetable-dye and the design in the central field consist of a myriad of 'birds[heads' lozenges - guardians of the gates of Paradise!
Size: 1.57m x 0.56m (5' 2" x 1' 10").

Antique Dining Sofreh, Shahsevan Tribes of Varamin, ...

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Spectacular! A rare natural green field comprising a magnificent lozenge in the centre which I suspect symbolises flowing water, all important in nomadic life with bread and salt.
Woven around 1900-1910, this sofreh was made by Shahsevan nomads in the environs of Veramin in north-west Persia. The dining sofreh, as the name implies, was used to spread on the floor of the tent during mealtimes, or in the presence of special guests or dignitaries, and bowls of food, bread, goats cheese, herbs and tea placed upon it. the nomads and their guests would sit cross-legged around the sofreh, eating and conversing.
I love it and I've had trouble parting with it!!
Size: 1.10m x 0.77m (3' 7" x 2' 6").