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BUYING RUGS FROM THE AFGHANS. Breakfast as always, tea and fresh bread. The kilims on the ground now serving as "table" cloths were last night`s bedding. This is serious one room living. The bread is wonderful and three huge loaves is enough for everyone. They cost just a few cents and are baked in an oven which is just a hole in the ground a couple of huts away. My friend and agent, Gulam Mohammed, pours the tea.

IN THE SAME VILLAGE where I was staying a young woman was teaching the little ones the skill of rug weaving. They are all kneeling on the partially completed rug which is on a horizontal ground loom. As a courtesy I had permission from the woman`s husband who allowed the photo, but I was asked to wait while she covered her face.

ERSARI TURKOMAN PRAYER RUG from the Beshir sub-tribe. The Beshir are thought to be from a small cluster of villages in the Amu Darya region in southern Turkmenistan. Their history and work is described in detail by George W. O'Bannon in HALI magazine's Volume 4 No.1 of 1981. He also writes about them in his 1974 book "The Turkoman Carpet". This rugs dates from the early 20th century and has a wonderful palette of natural colours with several shades of madder, undyed brown, saffron and shades of turquoise. The colours and designs generally in Beshir pieces are more varied and spontaneous than those of the Ersari. It is soft, lustrous and supple and will play a part in any collection. Reference 2492. Size 83 x 68cms. 2ft.9in. x 2ft.3in. Euros 320.

ERSARI TURKOMAN PRAYER RUG from the Beshir sub-tribe. The Beshir are thought to be from a small cluster of villages in the Amu Darya region in southern Turkmenistan. Their history and work is described in detail by George W. O'Bannon in HALI magazine's Volume 4 No.1 of 1981. He also writes about them in his 1974 book "The Turkoman Carpet". This rugs dates from the early 20th century and has a wonderful palette of natural colours with several shades of madder, undyed brown, saffron and shades of turquoise. The colours and designs generally in Beshir pieces are more varied and spontaneous than those of the Ersari. It is soft, lustrous and supple and will play a part in any collection. Reference 2492. Size 83 x 68cms. 2ft.9in. x 2ft.3in. 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.

TURKISH RUG from the region of Antalya which lies in south central Anatolia (Asiatic Turkey). This type of rug is called "Docemalti". The colours are deep and rich and make the dark central medallion almost three dimensional. The wools are soft and lustrous and the whole piece complete and original. The square shape makes it very versatile and it can be used as a table cover, throw, wall hanging and area rug. Reference 2739. Size 92 x 111 cms., or 3ft. x 3ft. 8ins. Euros 135.

TURKISH RUG from the region of Antalya which lies in south central Anatolia (Asiatic Turkey). This type of rug is called "Docemalti". The colours are deep and rich and make the dark central medallion almost three dimensional. The wools are soft and lustrous and the whole piece complete and original. The square shape makes it very versatile and it can be used as a table cover, throw, wall hanging and area rug. Reference 2739. Size 92 x 111 cms., or 3ft. x 3ft. 8ins. CLOSE UP OF A SINGLE SUN FLOWER IN CENTRE.

AFSHAR TRIBAL TENT BAG which is rare because of its inscription in the field. The field is dominated by a central tree with songbirds at each lower side. At the top there are two inscriptions. The left hand one reads Shahbanoiee or Shahrbanoo, which is the name of a woman. The right hand one is Sheibanir or Sheibany which is the name of a man. The piece may have been woven as part of a dowry. The colors on the front have mellowed from red to a soft chestnut shade and the bag is complete, intact, and has all the original tassels and fastening loops. Reference 2742. Size 40 x 53 cms., or 16 x 21 inches. Euros 320.

AFSHAR TRIBAL TENT BAG which is rare because of its inscription in the field. The field is dominated by a central tree with songbirds at each lower side. At the top there are two inscriptions. The left hand one reads Shahbanoiee or Shahrbanoo, which is the name of a woman. The right hand one is Sheibanir or Sheibany which is the name of a man. The piece may have been woven as part of a dowry. The colors on the front have mellowed from red to a soft chestnut shade and the bag is complete, intact, and has all the original tassels and fastening loops. Reference 2742. Size 40 x 53 cms., or 16 x 21 inches. CLOSE UP of the opening showing embroidered kilim with original loops.

Inscription of the name Shahbanoiee or Shahrbanoo.

Inscription of the name Sheibanir or Sheibany.

FINE OLD ISFAHAN CARPET with a knot density of over half a million knots in each square metre. The condition is impeccable. The central medallion, field and borders are woven with centuries old traditional Persian designs of lilies, flowers and delicate and graceful leaves. Reference 2747. Size 376 x 258 cms., or 12ft. 4ins. x 8ft. 6ins. Euros 4750.

FINE OLD ISFAHAN CARPET with a knot density of over half a million knots in each square metre. The condition is impeccable. The central medallion, field and borders are woven with centuries old traditional Persian designs of lilies, flowers and delicate and graceful leaves. Reference 2747. Size 376 x 258 cms., or 12ft. 4ins. x 8ft. 6ins. CLOSE UP OF CENTRAL MEDALLION.

FINE SILK QUM CARPET from central Persia. The piece was originally aquired from an eminent Geneva rug gallery in the early 1970Ěs. The contrast in the designs of the central field and the borders is unusual. The field has six long rows of flowers and each row is flanked by rows of leaf designs which convey the impression of trees. The borders are a derivation of the "Herati" design consisting of a central flower, usually a rose, surrounded by acanthus leaves. The whole composition is harmonious. Reference 2749. Size 307 x 206 cms., or 10ft. 1ins. x 6ft. 9ins. Euros 3500.

FINE SILK QUM CARPET from central Persia. The piece was originally aquired from an eminent Geneva rug gallery in the early 1970Ěs. The contrast in the designs of the central field and the borders is unusual. The field has six long rows of flowers and each row is flanked by rows of leaf designs which convey the impression of trees. The borders are a derivation of the "Herati" design consisting of a central flower, usually a rose, surrounded by acanthus leaves. The whole composition is harmonious. Reference 2749. Size 307 x 206 cms., or 10ft. 1ins. x 6ft. 9ins. Euros 3500. CLOSE UP.

FINE TABRIZ CARPET of an unusual design depicting an intensely cultivated lush floral garden. At the top end there is a portrayal of the ceiling of a mosque which is decorated with intricate ceramic tiles. It is a sumptuous carpet with soft and lustrous wools. Reference 2750. Size 277 x 192 cms., or 9ft. 1ins. x 6ft. 4ins. Euros 1350.

CLOSE UP of the mosque ceiling with beautiful tilework.

TABRIZ CARPET in impeccable condition with decent age having been aquired from an eminent Geneva gallery about 45 years ago. It has a relaxed feel and the central medallion appears to float on the ivory field. The borders provide a perfect frame. Reference 2751. Size 320 x 223 cms., or 10ft. 6ins. x 7ft. 4ins. Euros 1650.

CLOSE UP of the perfectly drawn central medallion

OLD TABRIZ CARPET. This large carpet is in perfect condition and intact and original. The autmnal overall shades make it an adaptable carpet suitable for most interior settings. The central medallion is very well done and the deeper colors of the borders frame the piece nicely. Reference 2752. Size 382 x 294 cms., or 12ft. 6ins. x 9ft. 8ins. Euros 1960.

CLOSE UP of intricate central medallion. Although the same shade of chestnut as the field the flower head stands out because of the contrasting white edges.

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. CLOSE UP showing a cornr of the field and the unusual colours used in the small designs.

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. CLOSE UP shows unusual and very attractive addition of beads.

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. 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. Euros 365.

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. CLOSE UP OF ONE CENTRAL GUL.

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.