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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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AFSHAR TRIBAL BAG. An old piece which is in excellent condition with original overcasting and kilim back. The colours appear to be natural and the indigo blue is particularly intense. Reference 2405. Size 29 x 40cms. 1ft. x 1ft.4in. Euros 178.

AFSHAR TRIBAL BAG. An old piece which is in excellent condition with original overcasting and kilim back. The colours appear to be natural and the indigo blue is particularly intense. Reference 2405. Size 29 x 40cms. 1ft. x 1ft.4in. REVERSE.

BELOUCH / BALOUCH ANIMAL TRAPPING. This extraordinary neck band is from a Belouch group in Khorassan. 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.

BELOUCH / BALOUCH ANIMAL TRAPPING. This extraordinary neck band is from a Belouch group in Khorassan. 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. CLOSE UP.

SPECIAL OFFER.............RARE OLD RAJESTHAN CEREMONIAL HANGING woven with approximately 186,800 individual glass beads. Torans are used to decorate walls, doorways and shrines for ceremonial occasions. The designs are a combination of everyday life mixed with religion and superstition. Here we see a horse drawn carriage with driver and passenger. More primitive one passenger transport is depicted with a seat carried on wooden poles on the shoulders of two porters. Elephants and peacocks depict prosperity and fertility while the portrayal of the Goddess Lakshmi assures wealth. A rare and fascinating piece. Reference 2808. Size 109 x 28cms., or 3ft. 7ins. x 11 ins. Euros 85.

CLOSE - UP showing horse drawn carriage with a driver and passenger.

BALOUCH / BELOUCH ARTIFACT BAG FACE. A finely woven example from the little known Jan Begi Belouch sub-tribe who are mostly found north of Ghorian which is a small town near Herat, north west Afghanistan. Very fine old examples of this type of bag have a wonderful portrayal of flowers, embroidered at both ends but they seldom survive intact as they have done here. The centre field is of undyed camel hair and other colours include shades of madder, indigo, cochineal and white. There is information on the Jan Begi on page 153 of the text book "The carpets of Afghanistan" by R.D. Parsons. This will make a good contribution to a collection. Reference 2464. Size 74 x 47cms. 2ft.5in. x 1ft.6in. Euros 225.

BALOUCH / BELOUCH ARTIFACT BAG FACE. A finely woven example from the little known Jan Begi Belouch sub-tribe who are mostly found north of Ghorian which is a small town near Herat, north west Afghanistan. Very fine old examples of this type of bag have a wonderful portrayal of flowers, embroidered at both ends but they seldom survive intact as they have done here. The centre field is of undyed camel hair and other colours include shades of madder, indigo, cochineal and white. There is information on the Jan Begi on page 153 of the text book "The carpets of Afghanistan" by R.D. Parsons. This will make a good contribution to a collection. Reference 2464. Size 74 x 47cms. 2ft.5in. x 1ft.6in. CLOSE UP.

TURKISH YASTIK from the region of Mudjur (also known as Mucur and Mujar) a region south east of the town of Kirsehir in central Anatolia. This is an old example of a Yastik used as a pillow or cushion cover in a rural dwelling. It is in very good condition complete with original overcasting and ends. There are two tiny repairs. The major borders are of brown camel hair. Yastiks are extensively covered in the text book of the same name by Brian Morehouse and weaving from Mudjur is also documented in "Oriental Rugs - Volume 4 - Turkish" and "Turkish Carpets" by J. Iten-Maritz. In the excellent online programme called the O'Connell Guide there is a colour plate under the Turkish section of a Mudjur Yastik which displays style, design elements and colours of this piece. Further, there is an illustration of the reverse of a Mudjur rug which shows a virtually identical weave pattern. A piece to enhance any collection. Reference 2463. Size 86 x 54cms. 2ft.10in. x 1ft.9in. Euros 248.

TURKISH YASTIK from the region of Mudjur (also known as Mucur and Mujar) a region south east of the town of Kirsehir in central Anatolia. This is an old example of a Yastik used as a pillow or cushion cover in a rural dwelling. It is in very good condition complete with original overcasting and ends. There are two tiny repairs. The major borders are of brown camel hair. Yastiks are extensively covered in the text book of the same name by Brian Morehouse and weaving from Mudjur is also documented in "Oriental Rugs - Volume 4 - Turkish" and "Turkish Carpets" by J. Iten-Maritz. In the excellent online programme called the O'Connell Guide there is a colour plate under the Turkish section of a Mudjur Yastik which displays style, design elements and colours of this piece. Further, there is an illustration of the reverse of a Mudjur rug which shows a virtually identical weave pattern. A piece to enhance any collection. Reference 2463. Size 86 x 54cms. 2ft.10in. x 1ft.9in. CLOSE UP.

GABBEH TRIBAL BAG probably woven by Lurs. Although the design is more Kurdish in appearance examination of the weave on the reverse, together with the colours, shows that this is a Gabbeh. It dates from the first half of the 20th century and is in excellent condition. Reference 2493. Size 40 x 40 cms, 17 x 17 inches (piled face). Euros 265

GABBEH TRIBAL BAG probably woven by Lurs. Although the design is more Kurdish in appearance examination of the weave on the reverse, together with the colours, shows that this is a Gabbeh. It dates from the first half of the 20th century and is in excellent condition. Reference 2493. Size 40 x 40 cms, 17 x 17 inches (piled face). CLOSE UP.

PERSIAN LURI BAG FACE / ARTIFACT which is antique, intact, has full pile and is in excellent condition. The design in the centre panel is called "mini khana" and consists of a central rose surrounded by 4 acanthus leaves. It is a complicated design for rural tribal weavers. The wools are lustrous and silky and the colours have great depth. It will form an interesting part of a collection of tribal weaving. Reference 2355. Size 29 x 39cms. 1ft. x 1ft.3in. Euros 168.

PERSIAN LURI BAG FACE / ARTIFACT which is antique, intact, has full pile and is in excellent condition. The design in the centre panel is called "mini khana" and consists of a central rose surrounded by 4 acanthus leaves. It is a complicated design for rural tribal weavers. The wools are lustrous and silky and the colours have great depth. It will form an interesting part of a collection of tribal weaving. Reference 2355. Size 29 x 39cms. 1ft. x 1ft.3in. CLOSE UP.

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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TURKOMAN TENT BAG FACE which was woven by the Ersari Turkomans in northern Afghanistan. This is known as a "Juval" and is the largest of all the various tent and storage bags. Juvals are filled with clothing and other textiles and often serve as a small bed at night. The use of magenta and green/gold colours in the small designs is very unusual. Reference 2754. Size 101 x 109 cms., or 3ft. 3ins. x 6ft. 7ins. Euros 220.

TURKOMAN TENT BAG which is an old piece originating from the Saryk Turkomans in northern Afghanistan or Turkmenistan. The bag face is known as a "Jallor" and would have hung inside a yurt and used for the storage of small household items. The condition is excellent. The addition of beads and attractive bottom fringe indicate that great care was used in its construction. Reference 2755. Size (piled area) 16 x 65 cms., or 7 x 26 ins. Euros 360.

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 365 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.

TURKOMAN TEKKE TENT BAG FACE which is old and in excellent unblemished condition. Tent bags of this size and shape were used for hanging inside the yurt and for storage of household items. They were often woven as dowry pieces. This jallor has a fine weave and rich colours and is complete with tying rope and tassels. Reference 2757. Size 34 x 124 cms., or 1ft. 2ins x 4ft. 1ins. Euros 380.

TURKOMAN TEKKE TENT BAG FACE which is old and in excellent unblemished condition. Tent bags of this size and shape were used for hanging inside the yurt and for storage of household items. They were often woven as dowry pieces. This jallor has a fine weave and rich colours and is complete with tying rope and tassels. Reference 2757.

BERBER TENT BAG. It appears that this piece was woven as a single square pillow or cushion as opposed to the more frequent ones which are much longer. The very fine embroidered design indicates that it was probably a dowry piece. The pillow is the work of the Berbers in the western section of the Middle Atlas mountains south of Fes. Reference 2952. Size 40 52 cms., or 16 x 21 inches. Euros 68.

CLOSE UP OF THE VERY FINELY EMBROIDERED DESIGNS.

BERBER PILLOW from the region of Zeimmour in the western Middle Atlas mountains. This bag or pillow has exceptionally fine work in the design. It is joined on three sides and, as is typical of these pieces, has a narrow opening along one edge to allow material to be pushed in to provide stuffing. An old and perfect piece. Reference 2368. Size 47 x 35 cms., or 19 x 15 ins. Euros 95.

THE FINE EMBROIDERED DESIGN has been carried through to make these decorative bands on the reverse

SADDLE BAGS FROM AZERBAIJAN in the Caucasus region. A double storage bag which is in complete condition with the original fastening loops intact. The front panels are woven with the soumakh technique and portray rows of intricate flowers. There is extensive information on Caucasian soumakh bags in Oriental Rugs, Volume 1, Caucasian, by Dr. Ian Bennett from page 370. Reference 2956. Size 121 x 45 cms., or 48 x 16 ins. Euros 175.

SADDLE BAGS FROM AZERBAIJAN in the Caucasus region. A double storage bag which is in complete condition with the original fastening loops intact. The front panels are woven with the soumakh technique and portray rows of intricate flowers. There is extensive information on Caucasian soumakh bags in Oriental Rugs, Volume 1, Caucasian, by Dr. Ian Bennett from page 370. Reference 2956. Size 121 x 45 cms., or 48 x 16 ins. CLOSE UP.

SADDLE BAGS FROM AZERBAIJAN in the Caucasus region. A double storage bag which is in complete condition with the original fastening loops intact. The front panels are woven with the soumakh technique and portray rows of intricate flowers. There is extensive information on Caucasian soumakh bags in Oriental Rugs, Volume 1, Caucasian, by Dr. Ian Bennett from page 370. Reference 2957. Size 141 x 51 cms., or 60 x 20 ins. CLOSE UP.

SADDLE BAGS FROM AZERBAIJAN in the Caucasus region. A double storage bag which is in complete condition with the original fastening loops intact. The front panels are woven with the soumakh technique and portray rows of intricate flowers. There is extensive information on Caucasian soumakh bags in Oriental Rugs, Volume 1, Caucasian, by Dr. Ian Bennett from page 370. Reference 2957. Size 141 x 51 cms., or 60 x 20 ins. Euros 175.

BALUCH/BELOUCH PART SILK BAG with a beautiful, rich, depth of indigo in the field which is a backdrop for rows of floral shrubs. It is old and dates from the first half of the 20th century. The original goat hair fastening loops are intact. There is corrosion in the black areas commensurate with the age. I believe to be from the region of Herat in north west Afghanistan although rows of shrubs as a design is more often found in Baluch rugs further to the east. This example has some white silk knots in the lower field. Reference 2965. Size 61 x 52 cms., or 24 x 20 ins. REVERSE SIDE SHOWING VERY FINE KILIM BACK.

BALUCH/BELOUCH PART SILK BAG with a beautiful, rich, depth of indigo in the field which is a backdrop for rows of floral shrubs. It is old and dates from the first half of the 20th century. The original goat hair fastening loops are intact. There is corrosion in the black areas commensurate with the age. I believe to be from the region of Herat in north west Afghanistan although rows of shrubs as a design is more often found in Baluch rugs further to the east. This example has some white silk knots in the lower field. Reference 2965. Size 61 x 52 cms., or 24 x 20 ins. Euros 195.

BALUCH/BELOUCH BAG FACE of exceptionally fine weave which originates from western Afghanistan and dates from the early 20th century. It has a depth of lustrous coloured pile. There is corrosion in the black areas commensurate with the age. The original fine kilim ends are mostly intact. Reference 2966. Size 67 x 74 cms., or 26 x 29 ins. ENLARGE CLOSE UP TO SEE FINE WEAVE.

BALUCH/BELOUCH BAG FACE of exceptionally fine weave (see close up) which originates from western Afghanistan and dates from the early 20th century. It has a depth of lustrous coloured pile. There is corrosion in the black areas commensurate with the age. The original fine kilim ends are mostly intact. Reference 2966. Size 67 x 74 cms., or 26 x 29 ins. Euros 150.

REVERSE SIDE. The kilim back appears to be a replacement although the colours are the same as those in the bag. This means that the the kilim came from the the same source as the bag and was replaced many years ago. If the bag was used to store heavy metal items it is likely that they abraded the original back and hence it wore out.

BALUCH/BELOUCH TENT BAG. These long bags are known as "Balisht" and are used for storage in the tent or hut and become containers strapped to animals when the tribe moves. The opening and fastening goat hair loops on Balishts is at the top and they are stored upright. This one is different. The two original goat hair loops are at each corner of one long side which means the bag was hung horizontally. There is an opening along the top edge large enough for a human hand to put things into the bag and that opening bears the remnants of smaller goat hair loops and a rope for tying the bag closed. The design thought to be of styalized trees is shown in larger form in a balisht which is plate 44 in the book "Treasured Baluch Pieces" by Frank Martin Diehr. Reference 2967. Size 84 x 46 cms., or 33 x 18 ins. Euros 230.

RARE PAIR OF UZBEK TEXTILES which are curious but the circular shapes with the slit in the centers of each cotton panel indicates that they were probably put over the head of a baby and formed a collar or bib. The intricate designs are finely embroidered with multi colored silks. References 2644 and 2643. Sizes approximately 38 cms., or 15 ins. in diameter. Euros 55 the pair.

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 22.