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Many artifacts are woven for use in tents, huts and dwellings. Among the most numerous are rectangular weavings which are folded in half and stitched and then become cushions and pillows. A small opening is left on a long side sufficient for various fillings to be inserted by hand. Bags of all sizes range from the tiny which contain precious items of jewellery, spices or dried fruit to the huge which are filled with grain.

Saddle bags for transport of goods by horse or donkey are common.

Finely woven bags are still made as dowry pieces.

Many items of clothing are woven for both every day, ceremonies and special occasions.

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YAMOUT TURKOMAN TENT BAG FACE. This type of bag is the work of the Jaffarbi or Goklen Yamout groups who inhabit southern Turkmenistan and spill over into northern Persia. The bag is flat woven and has the added intricate designs on the front section. The use of a turquoise shade is typical of the region. The piece is in excellent condition. Reference 2758. Size 69 x 118 cms., or 2ft. 3ins. x 3ft. 10ins. Euros 340.

YAMOUT TURKOMAN TENT BAG FACE. This type of bag is the work of the Jaffarbi or Goklen Yamout groups who inhabit southern Turkmenistan and spill over into northern Persia. The bag is flat woven and has the added intricate designs on the front section. The use of a turquoise shade is typical of the region. The piece is in excellent condition. Reference 2758. Size 69 x 118 cms., or 2ft. 3ins. x 3ft. 10ins. CLOSE UP.

ANATOLIAN TRIBAL TENT BAG Aspects of the structure, such as the colours, embroidery and joining stitches, confirm that this is from the Yuncu tribal area near Balekesir in western Anatolia (Asiatic Turkey). The tassel work is exceptional and consists of 54 tassels made up of either black or white undyed horse hair together with various shades of unspun wool. Each passes through a ceramic bead and appears to be secured by silk binding. The shape is reminiscent of some Shah Savan bags and may have been specially made so that plates could be stored in the central pouch and small items - spoons maybe - in the small pouches each side. The original hanging rope is intact. It is in excellent condition and will be a fascinating addition to a collection. Reference 2547. Size 30cms. high and x 60cms. wide at the top. 12 x 24ins. Euros 140.

ANATOLIAN TRIBAL TENT BAG Aspects of the structure, such as the colours, embroidery and joining stitches, confirm that this is from the Yuncu tribal area near Balekesir in western Anatolia (Asiatic Turkey). The tassel work is exceptional and consists of 54 tassels made up of either black or white undyed horse hair together with various shades of unspun wool. Each passes through a ceramic bead and appears to be secured by silk binding. The shape is reminiscent of some Shah Savan bags and may have been specially made so that plates could be stored in the central pouch and small items - spoons maybe - in the small pouches each side. The original hanging rope is intact. It is in excellent condition and will be a fascinating addition to a collection. Reference 2547. Size 30cms. high and x 60cms. wide at the top. 12 x 24ins. CLOSE UP.

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 48.

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. CLOSE UP.

PERSIAN LURI TRIBAL BAG FACE which dates from the first half of the 20th century. The most easterly of the Lur tribes are around the village of Nazarabad. P.R.J. Ford in his excellent book "Oriental Carpet Design" places this village just south east of Isfahan and says it has a very small output. Variations of trees are often used and colour plate 486 illustrates this. He acknowledges that the weavers could have come from one of the rug weaving Arab tribes as very little is known or published about them. It is in excellent condition and the colours appear to be natural. Reference 2633. Size 36 x 30cms. 1ft.2in. x 1ft. Euros 190.

PERSIAN LURI TRIBAL BAG FACE which dates from the first half of the 20th century. The most easterly of the Lur tribes are around the village of Nazarabad. P.R.J. Ford in his excellent book "Oriental Carpet Design" places this village just south east of Isfahan and says it has a very small output. Variations of trees are often used and colour plate 486 illustrates this. He acknowledges that the weavers could have come from one of the rug weaving Arab tribes as very little is known or published about them. It is in excellent condition and the colours appear to be natural. Reference 2633. Size 36 x 30cms. 1ft.2in. x 1ft. CLOSE UP.

KURDISH SADDLE BAGS A rare semi-antique inscribed pair from north west Persia, complete and intact, with a portrayal of a shepherd and his goats, together with the date "1370" (AD 1950) and an inscription believed to be the name "Mokham" on the reverse. Reference 239. Size 106 x 60cms, 3ft 7ins x 2ft, Euros 460.

KURDISH SADDLE BAGS A rare semi-antique inscribed pair from north west Persia, complete and intact, with a portrayal of a shepherd and his goats, together with the date "1370" (AD 1950) and an inscription believed to be the name "Mokham" on the reverse. Reference 239. Size 106 x 60cms, 3ft 7ins x 2ft. CLOSE UP.

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.

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. CLOSE UP.

VERY RARE BERBER HIGH ATLAS WEAVING. The structure, knotting and colors confirm this small squarish textile as being the work of the Ait bou Ichaouen Berbers of the eastern High Atlas mountains. The piece is made in two almost identical halves, carefully and accurately joined together. The center panel is flat woven kilim of undyed goat hair. The piled designs around the perimeter are depictions of fields of crops, which denote the owner`s wealth. This is well documented in the excellent original research by Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers which culminated in their masterful book "Ait bou Ichaouen", pages 66 and 67 refer as does color photo 89. What is not known is the use for this piece. It has the shape of a soffreh, or eating cloth, but none from these Berbers has been published. The two halves, when folded, form a bag. The kilim shows some bruising consistent with having heavy articles placed inside. A worthy and unique part of any collection. Reference 2660. Size 66 x 97 cms., 2ft. 2ins. x 3ft. 2ins. Euros 388.

VERY RARE BERBER HIGH ATLAS WEAVING. The structure, knotting and colors confirm this small squarish textile as being the work of the Ait bou Ichaouen Berbers of the eastern High Atlas mountains. The piece is made in two almost identical halves, carefully and accurately joined together. The center panel is flat woven kilim of undyed goat hair. The piled designs around the perimeter are depictions of fields of crops, which denote the owner`s wealth. This is well documented in the excellent original research by Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers which culminated in their masterful book "Ait bou Ichaouen", pages 66 and 67 refer as does color photo 89. What is not known is the use for this piece. It has the shape of a soffreh, or eating cloth, but none from these Berbers has been published. The two halves, when folded, form a bag. The kilim shows some bruising consistent with having heavy articles placed inside. A worthy and unique part of any collection. Reference 2660. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER WOMAN'S HEAD SCARF 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 19.

MOROCCAN BERBER WOMAN'S HEAD SCARF 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. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER DECORATIVE PIECE which would be worn by a Berber woman. It hangs over the front of a tunic and is hung by a cord which loops over the head. The vibrant multi coloured background cloth is embellished with rows of mercerised cotton loops and tassels. It is the work of Berbers of the High Atlas and a similar piece is being worn by a Berber woman in a colour plate on page 26 of the textbook "Tazenacht". Reference 2696. Size 41 x 37 cms., or 16 x 14 ins. Euros 23.

MOROCCAN BERBER DECORATIVE PIECE which would be worn by a Berber woman. It hangs over the front of a tunic and is hung by a cord which loops over the head. The vibrant multi coloured background cloth is embellished with rows of mercerised cotton loops and tassels. It is the work of Berbers of the High Atlas and a similar piece is being worn by a Berber woman in a colour plate on page 26 of the textbook "Tazenacht". Reference 2696. Size 41 x 37 cms., or 16 x 14 ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER CEREMONIAL DRESS which originates from the Middle Atlas. The dress is in two separate parts - the inner part is a very fine yellow cotton tunic which is edged by hand in a narrow intricate brocade. The outer dress is fine chiffon also edged by hand using floral forms containing small white beads and fine gold coloured wire culminating in rosettes for fastening. The top dress has been left open from below the arms on both sides so that the yellow tunic may be seen. It is a very, very elegant garment. Sizes, length from collar to hem 147 cms., or 50 ins., width across shoulders 46 cms., or 18 ins. and length of top coat sleeves 58 cms., or 23 ins. Reference 2020. Euros 175.

CLOSE UP of the front showing intricate hand sewn brocading and fastenings.

FINDING old bags and trappings in good condition gets harder every trip. This old Berber rug dealer in a village on the way to Tazenacht in the High Atlas hangs his stock outside. Inside are piles of old rugs and bags.

WHERE to start? Over 200 old bags await inspection. It is a long and very dusty procedure. Only one bag was good enough to buy. You cannot imagine how long it takes to get to the final price of just one piece.

SPECIAL OFFER.............MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS BAG FACE The rugs and textiles of the little known area of the eastern High Atlas close to the border with Algeria were only discovered around 1997. The early temptation was to class them all as coming from Talsint, the major town. Wonderful original research resulting in the publication of the text book "Ait Bou Ichaouen" by Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers gives huge insight into the sub tribes and weavings. This piece is the front of a large sack which would probably have contained the personal effects of a bride on the occasion of her wedding. Female fertility symbols have been used in the design. The foundation is flat weave kilim and the motifs are in hand knotted pile. A similar piece is shown on page 82 of the book. Reference 2559. Size 122 x 49cms. 4ft. x 1ft.7in. Euros 55.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS BAG FACE The rugs and textiles of the little known area of the eastern High Atlas close to the border with Algeria were only discovered around 1997. The early temptation was to class them all as coming from Talsint, the major town. Wonderful original research resulting in the publication of the text book "Ait Bou Ichaouen" by Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers gives huge insight into the sub tribes and weavings. This piece is the front of a large sack which would probably have contained the personal effects of a bride on the occasion of her wedding. Female fertility symbols have been used in the design. The foundation is flat weave kilim and the motifs are in hand knotted pile. A similar piece is shown on page 82 of the book. Reference 2559. Size 122 x 49cms. 4ft. x 1ft.7in. CLOSE UP.

KURDISH SINGLE BAG A rare antique from north west Persia. Occasionally they are to be found in the region of Veramin. The knotting is extremely fine and the dyes are natural. The face consists of rows of kelim interspersed with rows of pile. It is in excellent condition. Reference 294. Size 34 x 39cms, 1ft ins x 1ft 3ins, Euros 460.

KURDISH SINGLE BAG A rare antique from north west Persia. Occasionally they are to be found in the region of Veramin. The knotting is extremely fine and the dyes are natural. The face consists of rows of kelim interspersed with rows of pile. It is in excellent condition. Reference 294. Size 34 x 39cms, 1ft ins x 1ft 3ins. CLOSE UP.

BALOUCH / BELOUCH BAG FACE which originates from the Jan Begi sub group in north west Afghanistan. R.D. Parsons, in his book “The Carpets of Afghanistan” records that the Jan Begi live in a group of about 25 villages north of Ghorian and that their weaving is excellent. Bags are often finished with intricate kilim ends, embellished with rows of stylised flowers, as is the case here. Early 20th century and in excellent condition. It will be a valuable contribution to a collection. Reference 295. Size 101 x 54cms, 3ft 4ins x 1ft 10ins, Euros 450.

BALOUCH / BELOUCH BAG FACE which originates from the Jan Begi sub group in north west Afghanistan. R.D. Parsons, in his book “The Carpets of Afghanistan” records that the Jan Begi live in a group of about 25 villages north of Ghorian and that their weaving is excellent. Bags are often finished with intricate kilim ends, embellished with rows of stylised flowers, as is the case here. Early 20th century and in excellent condition. It will be a valuable contribution to a collection. Reference 295. Size 101 x 54cms, 3ft 4ins x 1ft 10ins. CLOSE UP.

KURDISH SADDLE BAG which originates from the remote area of Quchan which lies in north-east Persia between Meshed and the Turkmenistan border. This is a rare early 20th century example and most unusually has different designs in each of the two front panels. The colours glow and have the different hues associated with natural dyes. One panel has finer designs than the other and it may be that two weavers worked on the bag. Similar designs can be seen on work featured in the excellent text book "Kordi" on the front cover and pages 128 and 150. Reference 2635. Size 71 x 31 cms., 2ft. 4ins. x 1ft. 1ins. Euros 320.

KURDISH SADDLE BAG which originates from the remote area of Quchan which lies in north-east Persia between Meshed and the Turkmenistan border. This is a rare early 20th century example and most unusually has different designs in each of the two front panels. The colours glow and have the different hues associated with natural dyes. One panel has finer designs than the other and it may be that two weavers worked on the bag. Similar designs can be seen on work featured in the excellent text book "Kordi" on the front cover and pages 128 and 150. Reference 2635. Size 71 x 31 cms., 2ft. 4ins. x 1ft. 1ins. CLOSE UP.

CLOSE UP showing the fine design and original tassels as well as part of the equally attractive centre part.

MOROCCAN BERBER SADDLE BAGS from the western Middle Atlas province of Zemmour. This is an old set of bags which would have been used to carry goods on a donkey or horse. The condition is excellent and the embroidered design sections across the front panels are fine. The whte sections are cotton and the bags are adorned with sequins and 22 original tassels. Reference 2972. Size 125 x 45 cms., or 50 x 18 ins. Euros 135.

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 is 166 cms., or 5ft. 6ins. long. Euros 65.

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 is 166 cms., or 5ft. 6ins. long. Euros 65.

TURKOMAN TRIBAL BAG This is an exceptionally fine Yamut weaving. On first glance it appears that it is made of two camel knee pads joined together to form a small bag or purse. However, close examination shows it was specifically woven in one piece, then folded over and overcast. Reference 1863. 13 x 22cms, 5ins x 9ins. REVERSE SIDE.

TURKOMAN TRIBAL BAG This is an exceptionally fine Yamut weaving. On first glance it appears that it is made of two camel knee pads joined together to form a small bag or purse. However, close examination shows it was specifically woven in one piece, then folded over and overcast. Reference 1863. 13 x 22cms, 5ins x 9ins, Euros 164.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER TENT BAG / PILLOW It was only around 1997 that the weaving of the various Berber groups who make up the Ait Bou Ichaouen were discovered. This remote region lies close to the Algerian border. We must be grateful to Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers whose outstanding field research resulted in their text book. This particular piece is of a single flat woven kilim with a lattice design of knots. It has been folded and joined and an opening left at one side and was in use as a pillow. Plate 10 shows a square storage sack and plate 76 shows a large kilim again with piled design which have similar colours and construction and are clearly related. Reference 2562. Size 44 x 54cms. 1ft.5in. x 1ft.9in. REVERSE.

SPECIAL OFFER..........MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER TENT BAG / PILLOW It was only around 1997 that the weaving of the various Berber groups who make up the Ait Bou Ichaouen were discovered. This remote region lies close to the Algerian border. We must be grateful to Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers whose outstanding field research resulted in their text book. This particular piece is of a single flat woven kilim with a lattice design of knots. It has been folded and joined and an opening left at one side and was in use as a pillow. Plate 10 shows a square storage sack and plate 76 shows a large kilim again with piled design which have similar colours and construction and are clearly related. Reference 2562. Size 44 x 54cms. 1ft.5in. x 1ft.9in. Euros 43.

TEKKE TURKOMAN HORSE OR CAMEL COVER which is antique and would have been used to decorate the head and shoulders of the animal carrying a bride for a wedding ceremony. It is embellished with good luck items such as shells, coins, a fragment of animal bone, tufts of feathers, buttons and small pieces of thin metal. There is a very similar piece illustrated in the text book "Traditional Textiles of Central Asia" as plate 48. This piece has a small tuft of child·s hair attached. The cover will be a valuable part of a collection of Turkoman textiles. Reference 2804. Size (fully opened) 182 x 146 cms., or 6ft. x 4ft. 10ins. CLOSE UP.

TEKKE TURKOMAN HORSE OR CAMEL COVER which is antique and would have been used to decorate the head and shoulders of the animal carrying a bride for a wedding ceremony. It is embellished with good luck items such as shells, coins, a fragment of animal bone, tufts of feathers, buttons and small pieces of thin metal. There is a very similar piece illustrated in the text book "Traditional Textiles of Central Asia" as plate 48. This piece has a small tuft of child·s hair attached. The cover will be a valuable part of a collection of Turkoman textiles. Reference 2804. Size (fully opened) 182 x 146 cms., or 6ft. x 4ft. 10ins. Euros 120.