Antique Gabbeh, Luri Nomads, Luristan, Western Persia. ...

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Rare and absolutely stunning! Nineteenth century gabbehs today are scarce due to the fact that they were made for tent use and most had a hard life with many completely worn out! Therefore the few that come on the market these days, in this condition, are few and far between!
Most gabbehs were made with the weaver creating her own design - symbolic or otherwise - but I've never come across one like this before. The compartmentalised pattern containing 'quincunx' or 'fives' - symbols of protection - are dominant in this gabbeh.
Made by Luri nomads in Luristan between 1850 and 1870, the gabbeh is in very good overall condition with an evenly-low pile and wonderful shades of vegetable colours i.e. reds, golden yellow, ivory, dark blue and particularly attractive, different shades of light, pea-green.
The ends are complete as are the selvedges and some minor re-piling has been carried out in several areas.
Size: 2.34m x 1.55m (7' 8" x 5' 1").
| $10,452 USD | €8,741 EUR

Antique 'Shiraki' Flat-Weave, Khamseh Confederacy, Eastern Fars ...

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Of all the flatwoven floor coverings, the least known is the 'palas'. The 'palas' was made by various tribes in Persia - the most common being from Kerman Province in the south and Khorassan Province in the north-east of the country. This particular palas is known as 'shiraki', made by Arab tribes within the Khamseh Confederacy of eastern Fars Province, south Persia circa 1900. The home of these nomads is between Abadeh and Darab and as far south to western Kerman and Minab. Many were woven in two halves and expertly joined together as well as in one complete piece, like this one. The pattern and design in all of them is provided by tiny repeating motifs, and in this case, the repeating pattern comprises tiny birds, woven in weft-float brocading on an ivory cotton background. Shiraki like this one, are rare.
Size: 2.13m x 1.68m (7' 0" x 5' 6").
| $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Afshar Nomads, Bardsir Region, Kerman ...

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This salt-bag (namakdan) is as fine as they come. Beautiful soumak weaving throughout with a compartmentalised design and superbly woven at the top opening with slits inserted for the ties to secure the bag during migrations. The neck section on the back of the bag had worn away and I sent the bag back to Iran to have the neck part re-woven, bringing the bag back to its original condition which I see as important on such a rare and stunning bag. This salt-bag was woven by Afshar nomads in the Bardsir region of Kerman Province around 1880.
Size: 49cm x 44cm (1' 7" x 1' 5").
| $2,439 USD | €2,039 EUR

Antique Khamseh Confederacy Rug, Baharlu Taifeh, South-West ...

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This beautifully elegant rug contains four vertical rows of six 'botehs' with smaller 'botehs' inside each - symbols of fertility and always referred to as 'mother & child' botehs. In excellent complete condition, this rug was made by the Baharlu taifeh (sub-tribe) of the Confederation of five tribes, known as the Khamseh Confederacy, based in south-west Persia and made during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The ivory field is full of double-headed sunbirds and small stylised chickens, all pecking at seeds on the ground and it is important to click on the close-up photos to see the amazing detail in this finely-knotted rug.
This is a superb example of the type.
Size: 1.90m x 1.30m (6' 3" x 4' 3").
| $4,111 USD | €3,438 EUR

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").
| $3,205 USD | €2,680 EUR

Antique Turkmen Kap, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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The Turkmen 'kap' was a small personal belongings bag and in this case, made by Yomut tribes in the Trans-Caspian Steppes circa 1850. It is rare to find a kap, but also a kap with its original tassels. This gorgeous little bag is complete and in excellent condition with no repairs, but minus its plain-weave back.
Size: 74cm wide x 69cm deep (2' 5" x 2' 3") including tassels.
| $3,832 USD | €3,205 EUR

Antique Salt-Bag, Shahsevan Nomads, Azerbaijan.

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Woven by Shahsevan nomads circa 1900, the fantastic natural colours and fine weft-float brocading on the face of this stunning salt-bag is just superb. This certainly ranks amongst the very best of salt-bags from this tribe. The bag is complete with plain-weave back in horizontal bands of all the colours used in the face, and with original selvedges and tufted corners symbolising 'good luck', this is a highly collectible bag.
Size: 64cm x 48cm (2' 1" x 1' 7").
| $1,742 USD | €1,457 EUR

Antique Turkmen Torba, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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This beautiful torba (small storage bag) was made by Yomut Turkmen in the Trans-Caspian Steppes circa 1880. It has a rare field design of small symbolic guls (tribal crests) with superb shades of madder-red, natural ivory and indigo sky-blue. The torba is in immaculate condition with plain-weave back, the remains of the hanging cords and tassels at the base.
Size: 76cm x 41cm (2' 6" x 1' 4").
| $2,578 USD | €2,156 EUR

Antique Bread Sofreh, Afshar Nomads, Sirjan Region, ...

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The first thing to look for in this unique bread sofreh, is the main border, woven in soumak technique and depicting interesting birds - double-headed ones, cockerels and 'normal' birds!
It is rare to find a border like this on an Afshar bread sofreh, which surrounds the stunning plain-weave field. Woven circa the 1920s, all the colours are natural and the weaving is in excellent, complete condition. Bread sofrehs were used for kneading the dough to make the bread and were usually caked in flour until washed, when out glows the stunning designs and beautiful natural colours. This is a magnificent example.
Size: 1.38m x 1.38m (4' 6" x 4' 6")