Antique Timuri Carpet, Sangtschuli Sub-Tribe, Borderlands of ...

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In near-mint condition, this fabulous Timuri rug has the highest quality soft, shiny wool with highlights of green silk throughout and complete kilim skirts at each end. The central 'tree-of-life' has branches protruding from it and surrounded by a multitude of symbols - stunning and subtle in its drawing. The madder-red main border depicts a continuous vine - symbolically representing the eternal cycle of life. Made circa 1880 -1900 by Sangtschuli tribes on the eastern Persian/western Afghanistan border, it really needs to be seen and handled to fully appreciate the high quality of the work involved. This is Timuri weaving at its best!
Size: 2.44m x 1.27m (8' 0" x 4' 2").

Antique Timuri Carpet, Timuri Tribes, Borderland of ...

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This handsome carpet was made by Timuri tribes in the borderlands of east Persia and west Afghanistan during the last quarter of the 19th century.
It is in excellent pile all over and makes a very decorative antique floor carpet.
Size: 2.64m x 1.63m (8' 8" x 5' 4").

Antique Timuri Flat-Weave, Sangtschuli Sub-Tribe, Borderlands of ...

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Flat-weaves of the Sangtschuli - Timuri are incredibly rare and this is one of the finest flat-weaves from this tribe that I've come across. In excellent condition and with just a few small areas of expert restoration on the selvedges, the fine soumak work has to be seen to be appreciated.
It is incredibly sophisticated work for a tribe, living in inhospitable conditions during the mid 19th century, and using a ground look to weave this remarkable piece.
The last similar Sangtschuli flat-weave to pass through my hands is illustrated in the third edition of my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 94. However, what is more unusual about this piece, is the wide goat-hair selvedges - unique and extremely rare.
These flat-weaves are generally referred to as 'Baluch' in the unknowledgeable trade but in fact, are woven by the Timuri - Sangtschuli tribe on the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan.
Size: 2.70m x 1.60m (8' 10" x 5' 3").

Antique Dining Sofreh, Timuri - Yaqoub Khani ...

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Sofrehs like this magnificent piece are rarely found these days. This sofreh, woven during the last quarter of the 19th century is in remarkable condition - near mint - and I can only surmise it was made as a dowry piece and kept in the 'bokcha' (dowry-chest) until it was removed and sold! The weaver, a Timuri - Yaqoub Khani woman, must have been at the very peak of her profession when she made this.
The design consists of two stylised 'trees-of-life' depicted here on an un-dyed. natural, camel-hair field - where the roots of the tree are symbolised in the under-world; the trunk is in the earthly-world and the branches, in the world of the spirit.
This has to be one of the very best sofrehs I've seen in a long while, having just emerged from a private collection.
Size: 1.73m x 0.89m (5' 8" x 2' 7").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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The natural un-dyed camel-hair field contains five very powerful symbols in the centre, rising upwards to the mihrab and used again in the hand-panels. Made by Timuri tribes during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, these symbols can also be found in their near neighbours, the Turkmen. This beautiful prayer-rug (namazlyk) is in superb original condition, retaining its full kilim chevron skirts and something I've never come across before, two tassels hanging from the lower left and right corners. I suspect this was a very special little rug, made for someone of importance within the tribe, and to find a rug of this age in this condition, is remarkable.
Size: 1.37m x 0.87m (4' 6" x 2' 10").

Antique Timuri Prayer-Rug, Yaqoub Khani Sub-Tribe, Borderlands ...

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Depicting a 'tree-of-life' on a natural un-dyed camel-hair field, this beautiful prayer-rug was made around 1880 by the Timuri Yaqoub Khani tribe, occupying the borderlands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan.
The rug is in very good condition with complete brocaded skirts.
Size: 1.40m x 0.84m (4' 7" x 2' 9").

Timuri Tribal Rug, Borderlands of Eastern Persia ...

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This beautiful little rug, made by Timuri tribes on the border-lands of eastern Persia and western Afghanistan circa 1850, is a very rare and collectible type with its natural camel-hair field, containing a myriad of tiny shrubs in beautiful natural shades of red, blue and green. The main border itself is rare and the remains of the brocaded skirts have been preserved with binding on the reverse. The sides have been re-selvedged in order to preserve as much as possible, otherwise there are no other repairs.
Size: 1.22m x 0.78m (4' 0" x 2' 7").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri - Dokhtar-e-Qazi Sub-Tribe, Borderlands ...

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The blue-ground prayer-rugs of the Timuri tribes are scarce in every sense of the word and this one, made during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, is complete with no repairs and with unusually complete flat-woven skirts. The field design incorporates the 'shrub' pattern, used more often in the nineteenth century by the Dokhtar-e-Qazi sub-tribe. The dark brown colour, which is fairly heavily corroded, would have been dyed with pistachio bark or oak galls and mordanted in an iron solution - usually iron slag or camel urine - thus causing the heavy corrosion over 100 years plus! The hand-panels contain beautifully-drawn 'trees-of-life'.
The best place for this small rug today in order to preserve its completeness, would be to hang it on the wall with a low-voltage spot to light up the deep indigo-blue background.
Size: 1.50m x 1.12m (4' 11" x 3' 8").

Antique Timuri Main Carpet, Western Afghanistan.

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To Timuri and Baluch collectors, this carpet can only be described as fabulous! Albeit worn in the centre and also with corroded brown, it still glows as the best of Timuri carpets do. Look at the brocaded ends - just magnificent and complete! There is only one small area of repiling in the top right-hand corner where there was a slight ruck due to the tightness of the brocaded skirts, otherwise it is completely original.I hope it goes to a good home - to someone who will treasure it.
Size: 2.19m x 1.44m (7' 2" x 4' 9").

Antique Timuri Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of ...

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This Timuri 'namazlyk' (prayer-rug) is as good as they come! Made circa 1870-1880, the central field incorporates the 'Dokhtar-e-Qazi' shrub and it's possible that this prayer-rug was made by the Dokhtar-e-Qazi sub-tribe. The light areas throughout the rug are knotted in magenta silk which suggests this prayer-rug was made for a very important person within the tribe - possibly the chief himself! This rug incorporates 'trees-of-life' in the upper hand-panels and it retains its original flat-woven skirts at each end.
The rug is in excellent overall condition and pieces like this today in the world marketplace are very rare.
Size: 1.53m x 1.26m (5' 0" x 4' 2").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Timuri Tribes, Borderlands of Eastern ...

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Rare and deeply saturated in glowing vegetable colours, this prayer-rug was made by Timuri nomads in the mid 19th century. Very few Timuris with this field and border design appear on the market and this rug is in overall very good condition bar some slight corrosion in the dark brown/black dye. In sunlight, as a dear, late friend of mine once said, the colours are like oil floating on water. This rug has to be seen to be fully appreciated, but with the sun shining on it, the colours are amazing. Note the powerful ivory border framing the field and mihrab and the long brocaded skirt at the lower end - again incredibly rare. This is a rug for collectors - a rug of a type of which few exist.
The rug is illustrated in my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' on page 90 of the third edition.
Size: 1.30m x 0.86m (4' 3" x 2' 10").

Antique 'Prayer Rug', Timuri-Sangtschuli Tribe, Western Afghanistan ...

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This stunning 'prayer rug' must rank as one of the finest knotted pieces I've ever handled. The rug comprises a 'tree-of-life' in the natural camel-hair field and the long flat-woven skirts are complete at each end. For the only other known example of this exceptional type, see page 83 in the published collection of Marvin & Frederica Amstey in 'Vanishing Jewels - Central Asian tribal Weavings' - a 1990 exhibition at the Rochester Museum & Science Centre.