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

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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").

Antique Baluch Tribal Rug, Khorassan Province, North-East ...

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I love the interplay of madder-red and indigo-blue in this handsome rug, made by Baluch tribes in the Khorassan region of north-east Persia circa 1880.
The centre comprises a bold tree-trunk, rising upwards, with the roots in the underworld, the trunk in the earthly world and the branches, which emanate outwards, in the spiritual realms.
The main border, consisting of a continuous vine which was a popular design amongst the Baluch in the nineteenth century, symbolises the eternal cycle of life.
The rug is in very good condition with the remains of its flat-woven skirts each end.
Size: 1.68m x 1.10m (5' 6" x 3' 7").

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

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The large lozenge in the centre of this charming vanity-bag ('chanteh') appears to have a floral motif in the centre and around the outside, double-headed sunbirds or sundogs, symbolic guardians of the gates of Paradise.
The bag is complete with its plain-weave back in horizontal bands of the colours used on the face and retains its original tassels symbolising good-luck and happiness.
Size: 33cm x 36cm (13" x 14").

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

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This vanity-bag or 'chanteh' in Persian, was made to contain women's items such as a mirror, coins and jewellery. They were made for their own use and never intended for commercial sale.
This chanteh, made in the 1920s, depicts a stylised flower in the central madder-red field. The back of the bag is particularly attractive having an 'eye' in the lower-centre for warding off evil and protecting the contents of the bag.
Size: 33cm x 33cm (12" x 12")

Antique Salt-Bag, Bakhtiari Tribes, The Chahar Mahal, ...

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Salt-bags were made, as the name suggests, for containing lumps of rock-salt which was given to the pack animals during long migrations to help dehydration.
This salt-bag or 'namakdan' in Persian, was woven by Bakhtiari nomads circa 1900 in the Chahar Mahal region of western Persia. The face of the bag is in soumak technique whereas the back consists of narrow horizontal bands in plain-weave. The very base is in knotted-pile for resilience and contains a row of 'fives' or 'quincunx' - symbolising protection. The very top of the bag has been rewoven at some point in the past but extremely well done.
Size: 54cm x 45cm (1' 9" x 1' 6").

Antique Half Saddle-Bag Face, Afshar Tribes of ...

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Diagonal bands of symbolic 'birds-heads' lozenges fill the field of this half saddle-bag face, made by Afshar nomads in the Varamin region of north Persia around 1900.
Size: 68cm x 53cm (2' 3" x 1' 9").

Antique Kurdish Half Saddle-Bag, Jaf Sub Tribe, ...

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This chunky half saddle-bag, with its superb array of natural dyes, was made by Jaf Kurds in Kurdistan, during the second half of the nineteenth century. The bag retains its plain-weave back in narrow horizontal bands of colour, albeit with the loss of the top part of the back.
Nevertheless, this is a great example of the bags made by the Jaf tribe in the nineteenth century.
Size: 76cm x 64cm (2' 6" x 2' 1").

Antique Vanity-Bag, Afshar Nomads, Kerman Province, Southern ...

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This lovely little vanity-bag - 'chanteh' - has beautiful soft, glossy wool and depicts a small symbolic lozenge in the centre surrounded by stylised flower-heads. The back has narrow horizontal bands of colour in plain-weave technique and the bag is complete and in excellent condition. Made by Afshar nomads in Kerman province, south Persia around 1900.
Size: 25cm x 20cm (10" x 8")

Antique Vanity-Bag, Bakhtiari Tribes, The Chahar Mahal, ...

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Vanity-bags - 'chanteh' in Persian - were made by women for their use only and were never intended for sale commercially. This charming tiny chanteh was woven by Bakhtiari nomads during the last quarter of the nineteenth century - the face in soumak technique and the back, with its depiction of four deer or gazelle, in warp-face technique. The base of the bag, as was done with the larger Bakhtiari storage-bags and saddle-bags, is in knotted-pile for resilience. Note the old buckle sewn into the top left corner! This would have had a braided cord wrapped around it originally, and used for carrying the bag. The large double-headed sunbird on its side on the face of the bag, is there symbolically, for protecting the contents, which might have included a mirror, jewellery and coins.
Tiny chantehs made by the Bakhtiari are rare these days and very collectable.
Size: 20cm x 19cm (8" x 7").

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").

Antique Turkmen Carpet, Ersary Tribes. Middle Amu ...

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The terracotta colours in this Ersari Turkmen carpet are just stunning. The field contains three vertical rows of seven Ersari 'guls' or tribal crests, spacious and beautifully drawn.
Made by Ersari Turkmen in the region of the middle Amu Darya around 1870-1880, the carpet is in excellent overall condition and would complement any room.
Size: 3.32m x 2.54m (10' 11" x 8' 4").

Antique Turkmen Chuval, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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Chuvals were storage bags, made in pairs and hung from the flanks of the camels during migrations. This extremely finely knotted and beautiful chuval was made by Teke tribes in Turkmenistan during the third quarter of the nineteenth century and although in very good condition, it does have a restored tear at the very top as can be seen in one of the close-up images and there has been a slight loss to the left and right-side borders. The colours in the close-up photos also show a more accurate colour of natural cochineal-dye. The nine Teke guls are superbly drawn as are the minor guls.
Size: 1.34m x 0.81m (4' 5" x 2' 8").