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In addition to the tribal and rural weaving of rugs, kilims and bags there is another whole group of textiles which are vital to the way of life of tribal and rural groups throughout Central Asia and North Africa  -  we call these "TRIBAL ARTIFACTS".  They are both for daily use and ceremony. Fortunately they divide into three separate groups.

CLOTHING - Many items of headwear, belts, shawls, coats, even shoes are still made from the basic components of wool, goat and camel hair, silk and leather

THE HOME - Be it a tent or dwelling is decorated with long tent bands which are not only decorative but structurally important.  Tassels and ropes are important as are cloths for spreading on the floor for communal dishes of food to be served.  Door hangings to keep out the weather (and chickens) and other special hangings are often displayed on ceremonial occasions. 

ANIMALS - for everyday work need saddle blankets but it is for ceremonial days they are at their finest.  Superb head dresses, chest and back covers, even knee pads.  Smaller animals have collars. There are even covers for the ends of tent poles being transported by camels.

 

MOROCCAN BERBER WOMAN'S HEAD SHAWL which originates from the remote region of Zagora south of the High Atlas, close to the border with Algeria. The triangle of fine black cotton has been carefully embroidered in wool with graceful floral designs and 3 bobbles representing flower heads have been added. The original edging and tassel work is intact. Reference 2581. Size 40 x 47cms. 1ft.4in. x 1ft.7in. Euros 36.

MOROCCAN BERBER WOMAN'S HEAD SHAWL which originates from the remote region of Zagora south of the High Atlas, close to the border with Algeria. The triangle of fine black cotton has been carefully embroidered in wool with graceful floral designs and 3 bobbles representing flower heads have been added. The original edging and tassel work is intact. Reference 2581. Size 40 x 47cms. 1ft.4in. x 1ft.7in. Euros 36. CLOSE UP.

AFGHAN ANIMAL TRAPPING. This extraordinary neck band is from the region of Dowlatabad. There are four raised, round flower heads in the pile and from each one there are 2 small and 1 larger hand beaten brass bells. The beadwork is exceptional. In "The Carpets of Afghanistan" the author, R.D. Parsons, confirms that this type of bell is used for rams. The size of the piece indicates that it would have been a collar for a large male sheep. In "Horse and Camel Trappings from Tribal Iran" plate 69 shows a muzzle band from the Belouch of Khorassan, part of which has a very similar weave. Reference 2457. Size 61 x 8cms. 2ft. x 3in. Euros 160.

AFGHAN ANIMAL TRAPPING. This extraordinary neck band is from the region of Dowlatabad. There are four raised, round flower heads in the pile and from each one there are 2 small and 1 larger hand beaten brass bells. The beadwork is exceptional. In "The Carpets of Afghanistan" the author, R.D. Parsons, confirms that this type of bell is used for rams. The size of the piece indicates that it would have been a collar for a large male sheep. In "Horse and Camel Trappings from Tribal Iran" plate 69 shows a muzzle band from the Belouch of Khorassan, part of which has a very similar weave. Reference 2457. Size 61 x 8cms. 2ft. x 3in. Euros 160.

MOROCCAN BERBER HEAD DRESS which is for a young girl and is called "Bonnet d`enfant". These precious pieces form part of the dress for ceremonial occasions and this one originates from Berbers in the High Atlas mountain region of Ait Ouaouzguite, south of Marrakech. Similar pieces can be seen in "Splendeurs du Maroc", plate 278, page 208, and "Taznacht" plate 65, page 77. Reference 2692, size 41 x 21 cms., or 16 ins x 9 ins. Euros 65.

MOROCCAN BERBER HEAD DRESS which is for a young girl and is called "Bonnet d`enfant". These precious pieces form part of the dress for ceremonial occasions and this one originates from Berbers in the High Atlas mountain region of Ait Ouaouzguite, south of Marrakech. Similar pieces can be seen in "Splendeurs du Maroc", plate 278, page 208, and "Taznacht" plate 65, page 77. Reference 2692, size 41 x 21 cms., or 16 ins x 9 ins. Euros 65. CLOSE - UP

MOROCCAN BERBER SHAWL. Berber women traditionally wear these as shawls or head scarves. The long tassels are made from the same material and embellished with many sequins. This piece is backed with heavy terracotta coloured cotton and will make a fascinating wall hanging. Reference 2320. Size 104 x 87cms. 3ft.5in. x 2ft.10in. excluding tassels. Euros 50.

MOROCCAN BERBER SHAWL. Berber women traditionally wear these as shawls or head scarves. The long tassels are made from the same material and embellished with many sequins. This piece is backed with heavy terracotta coloured cotton and will make a fascinating wall hanging. Reference 2320. Size 104 x 87cms. 3ft.5in. x 2ft.10in. excluding tassels. Euros 50.

FLAT WOVEN SASH WITH EMBROIDERED DESIGN which I believe comes from Mexico or close by Central America where it was bought by the previous owner in 1982. The designs in wool are on a cotton foundation and are based on floral and superstitious forms and include several portrayals of girls or women in swirling dresses. Reference 3119. Size 248 x 13 cms., or 8ft. 2ins. x 5 ins. Euros 75.

CLOSE UP of two dancing young ladies are in the border.

MOROCCAN BERBER MAN'S CAPE. Hand woven from undyed, hand spun wool. This is the work of Berbers in the region of Marmoucher in the Middle Atlas mountains and would have been used by a Berber man, probably a shepherd, for protection against the biting winter cold. These capes are known as "jilaba" and there is good information with colour photos in "Splendeurs du Maroc" pages 155 and 197 and also "North African Textiles" on page 86. This example has very fine and detailed design incorporated in the weave. Reference 2605. Size 160cms. high x 95cms. opened at bottom. 5ft.8in. x 3ft.2in. Euros 190.

CLOSE - UP OF FINE DETAILED DESIGN FOR THE HOOD.

RARE UZBEK EMBROIDERED HAT FOR a young girl. This is the back of the hat and shows an embroidered flap which is to protect the neck of the wearer. Longer flaps are more common and are used to cover the long plait of hair which many Uzbek girls have. Examples are shown in the excellent text book "Uzbekistan - Heirs to the Silk Road" on plate 519, page 256. This is a rare piece and will enhance a collection of Central Asian textiles. Reference 2802. Size 18 x 26 cms., or 7 x 10 ins. Euros 35.

THIS IS the front of the hat and the triagular design is the top.

CENTRAL ASIAN BOKCHE. These items are found among Turkoman and several other Central Asian groups and are usually associated with being storage bags for round bread loaves. The are often made of felt and are in the shape of a square envelope with a flap at the top. This is a small example and is made up mainly of pieces of red and green velvet. It was probably used by an Uzbek women or young girl to store a mirror. An interesting, authentic and old Central Asian woven artifact. Reference 2803. Size 31 x 21 cms., or 13 x 9 ins. Euros 35.

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MOROCCAN BERBER BELT. The centre panel of this belt is not woven, but knitted. It originates from Berbers in Zagora which is the eastern tip of the High Atlas close to the border with Algeria. Curiously knitting is practised by Berber men from both countries in this area. The tassels, each representing multi-coloured flower heads, are intricate work. Belts are worn wrapped around the waist as many times as the length permits and are used for occasions of celebrations. Reference 2693. Size 260 x 10 cms., or 8ft. x 4ins. Euros 68.

MOROCCAN BERBER HAND MADE LEATHER TOBACCO POUCH made by the Berbers of the southern High Atlas south of Marrakech. Traditionally the rural Berbers all over Morocco use their own materials and artisanal skills to make both rugs and many of the items used as furnishings and utensils for their daily life. Here is an example of a hand made leather tobacco pouch complete with loop for hanging from a belt. It is embellished with interesting simple designs and adorned with leather tassels. It is from the Anti Atlas region of the pre - Sahara. Reference 3180. Size 16 x 7 cms., or 5 x 3 inches. Euros 35.

YAMOUT TURKOMAN ANIMAL TRAPPINGS. A rare pair of trappings which are thought to be decorations for the knees of a camel on ceremonial occasions. Siawosch Azadi mentions them in his excellent book, but shows them as horse decorations. They are known as "Dyzlik". Most unusually one bears a date of AH1310? which is probably not correct and it may be that the date was copied from another weaving. Fascinating addition to a collection. Reference 2756. Size 28 x 34 cms., or 11 x 13 ins. Euros 220 the pair.

YAMOUT TURKOMAN ANIMAL TRAPPINGS. A rare pair of trappings which are thought to be decorations for the knees of a camel on ceremonial occasions. Siawosch Azadi mentions them in his excellent book, but shows them as horse decorations. They are known as "Dyzlik". Most unusually one bears a date of AH1310? which is probably not correct and it may be that the date was copied from another weaving. Fascinating addition to a collection. Reference 2756. Size 28 x 34 cms., or 11 x 13 ins.

MOROCCAN BERBER BELT. A precious piece woven entirely of silk. Belts for ceremonial and special occasions use are worn wrapped around the waist once, or several times, according to length. This fine example is from the High Atlas south of Marrakech. It is quite usual for some silk to be used in the design but to be completely woven in silk is rare. Reference 2695. Size 190 cms., or 6ft. 3ins. long. Euros 85

MOROCCAN WOVEN BELT this intricately plaited belt is for a Berber man and would be worn on important occasions. It originates from the region of Boujad which is an area south of the Middle Atlas. See `Splendeurs du Maroc` - Musee Royal de l`Afrique Centrale, 1998, pages 180 and 208 for information on ropes and belts. Reference 1948. 350 cms, 11ft 6ins, long. Euros 55.

RARE MOROCCAN BERBER SHOES dating from the first half of the 20th century and which are hand made from camel leather. The embroidery is hand stitched silk. They would have been used for ceremonial or important occasions. They were not for daily wear. They are from a Berber group in the Djebel Siroua region of the High Atlas pre-Sahara in southern Morocco. Two similar pairs can be seen in "Spendeurs of Maroc" published by Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale as plates 247 and 248 which are part of a private collection of rare Berber artifacts. Reference 2578. Size 25cms.10ins. long. Euros 265.

MOROCCAN BERBER HOOD. The small size of the portion to cover the head, together with the delicate embroidered designs, suggest that the is a "Bonnet dˇEnfant" for a young girl. The material is cream colored felt with designs and original tassels for fastening in fine cotton. It is quite old but in unblemished condition and may have been kept for ceremonial or special occasion use. Reference 2813. Size 62 x 60 cms., or 24 x 22 ins. Euros 85.

MOROCCAN BERBER CEREMONIAL BELT. This originates from the deep south of the country and is a finely plaited belt, decorated with charms and embroidered in cotton and silk. The two ends are very attractive. See `Splendeurs du Maroc` - Musee Royal de l`Afrique Centrale, 1998, pages 180 and 208 for information on ropes and belts. Ref. 1950. Size 400 cms. 13ft.2in. long. Euros 78.

MOROCCAN BERBER HAND MADE LEATHER TOBACCO POUCH made by the Berbers of the southern High Atlas south of Marrakech. Traditionally the rural Berbers all over Morocco use their own materials and artisanal skills to make both rugs and many of the items used as furnishings and utensils for their daily life. Here is an example of a hand made leather tobacco pouch complete with loop for hanging from a belt. It is embellished with interesting simple designs and adorned with leather tassels. It is from the Anti Atlas region of the pre - Sahara. Reference 3181. Size 16 x 7 cms., or 5 x 3 inches. Euros 35.

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MOROCCAN BERBER CEREMONIAL BELT from the Berbers of Zagora in the eastern High Atlas mountains close to the border with Algeria. This is woven with pure silk and would have been used for ceremonial occasions or celebrations. The long strands are gathered at intervals and bound with materials and silk. Examples of Berber belts using similar techniques are shown on pages 180 and 181 of the text book "Splendeurs of Maroc". Reference 2697. Size 200 cms., or 79 inches long. Euros 125.

PERSIAN KURDISH ARTIFACT. This finely worked piece is a collar for a small animal and would be used on ceremonial occasions. The fine decorative tassels, adorned with cowrie shells, are intact and the piece is Kurdish work from western Persia. The dyes are natural. Reference 2319. Size 63 x 14cms. 2ft.1in. x 5in. CLOSE UP.

PERSIAN KURDISH ARTIFACT. This finely worked piece is a collar for a small animal and would be used on ceremonial occasions. The fine decorative tassels, adorned with cowrie shells, are intact and the piece is Kurdish work from western Persia. The dyes are natural. Reference 2319. Size 63 x 14cms. 2ft.1in. x 5in. Euros 75.

MOROCCAN BERBER BELT woven with two hand spun, natural dyed, wools from the Mrirt Berber group in the western part of the Middle Atlas. Reference 1931. Size 95 cms, or 35 inches long. Euros 88.

MOROCCAN BERBER HEAD DRESS from the High Atlas. Colourful head covers are important items of dress for Berber women. Many special ones are reserved for ceremony and celebration. The tassels here represent multi-coloured flower heads. There is an interesting photograph of three women from the Berber High Atlas group called Ait Yazza wearing similar pieces on page 30 of the text book "North African Textiles". Reference 2689. Size 32 x 110 cms., or 13 x 44 inches. Euros 20.

MOROCCAN BERBER BELT. A precious piece woven entirely of silk. Belts for ceremonial and special occasions use are worn wrapped around the waist once, or several times, according to length. This fine example is from the High Atlas south of Marrakech. It is quite usual for some silk to be used in the design but to be completely woven in silk is rare. Reference 2694. Size 190 cms., or 6ft. 3ins. long. Euros 84

TUNISIAN BERBER EMBROIDERY which is small, very finely stitched and would have been used as a tray cover. The inner rows of flowers are depictions of long petalled tulips which have been borrowed from Ottoman designs. The background is very fine white linen. Reference 2815. Size 33 x 50 cms., or 13 x 20 ins. Euros 35.

OTTOMAN EMBROIDERY which dates from the early 20th century. The simplistic but well executed design is typical of work from the Greek Islands. It would have been used as a small napkin or towel or tray cover and is in excellent condition. Reference 2814. Size 34 x 47 cms., or 14 x 18 ins. Euros 35.