Antique Khorjin (saddle-bags), Shahsevan Tribes, Moghan Region, ...

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BM/LPN6

Acquired from a private collection, this superb khorjin (saddle-bags) was woven in soumak technique by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan 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").
£3,500

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

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BM1738(b)

One of a pair of early to mid nineteenth century saddle-bag faces, woven in soumak technique by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan plain. The colours are superbly old and saturated in this complete half of what was once a full khorjin (saddle-bags). The other half is illustrated on my website. These are highly collectable weavings from an early period of Shahsevan production.
Size: 53cm x 47cm (1' 9" x 1' 6").
£950

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

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BM1738(a)

Here we see one of a pair of early-mid nineteenth century half saddle-bag faces, woven in soumak technique by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan plain. The old natural colours are beautifully saturated and the bag-face is complete, albeit without its other half and plain-weave back. Highly collectable.
Size: 51cm x 47cm (1' 8" x 1' 6").
£950

Rare Soumak Storage Bag, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan, ...

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BM1853

On first appearance, many collectors will think this was the side panel for a large storage container called a 'mafrash'. But I can assure you it is not. This is a very rare example of a storage bag with the remains of the back which sadly, had to be removed due to extensive damage. I have never, in my many years of dealing, seen anything like this!
It is early. How early? I can only guess at the first quarter of the 19th century. Maybe earlier.
Made in soumak weave by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan, this near-complete fragment can be mounted to preserve it and then hung on a wall to appreciate.
Size: 96cm x 54cm (3' 2" x 1' 9").
£950

Antique Mafrash Panel, Shahsevan Nomads, Moghan Region, ...

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BM/A1

I love the saturated, natural colours in this 19th century soumak-weave panel, made by Shahsevan nomads in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan, and once part of a large storage bag.
As a wall-hanging, or just simply draped over a chest or coffer, this beautiful weaving would just look amazing.
Size: 56cm x 43cm (1' 10" x 1' 5").
£650

Antique Saddle-Bag-Face, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan

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BM573

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.
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Antique Saddle-Bag Face, Shahsevan Tribes, Azerbaijan

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BM573

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

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BM/LPN12

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

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BM1676

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

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BM/LPN11

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").
SOLD

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

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BM796

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").
SOLD

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").
SOLD