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ANATOLIAN SADDLE BAG A rare semi-antique shepherd's bag from the region of Fetiyhe in south west Turkey. The long opening in the centre allows for the shepherd's head to go through and the bags hang on his front and back. The black and white photo shows a similar piece worn by a rural shepherd. This region in Ottoman Empire times was known as "Megri" but the name was changed around 1920. The intense shades of indigo, madder and mustard yellow are only found in this region and it is therefore probable they are natural dyes and sourced from nearby plants. It is in impeccable condition complete with the original small loops at each corner which allows it to be fastened to the body when worn. Reference 285. Size 131 x 47cms. 4ft. 4ins. x 1ft. 7ins.. Euros 450.

ANATOLIAN SADDLE BAG A rare semi-antique shepherd's bag from the region of Fetiyhe in south west Turkey. The long opening in the centre allows for the shepherd's head to go through and the bags hang on his front and back. The black and white photo shows a similar piece worn by a rural shepherd. This region in Ottoman Empire times was known as "Megri" but the name was changed around 1920. The intense shades of indigo, madder and mustard yellow are only found in this region and it is therefore probable they are natural dyes and sourced from nearby plants. It is in impeccable condition complete with the original small loops at each corner which allows it to be fastened to the body when worn. Reference 285. Size 131 x 47cms. 4ft. 4ins. x 1ft. 7ins.

BELOUCH / BALOUCH RUG It is probably from the Mushwani group in western Afghanistan. It is an old piece and is dated in 3 places AH 1348 which is AD 1929. There is corrosion in the black commensurate with age and the rug has even pile and is intact with the original goat hair overcasting, kilim ends and remnants of ornamental tassels. An interesting addition to a collection. Reference 2631, Size 200 x 122cms. 6ft.6in. x 4ft. Euros 585.

BELOUCH / BALOUCH RUG It is probably from the Mushwani group in western Afghanistan. It is an old piece and is dated in 3 places AH 1348 which is AD 1929. There is corrosion in the black commensurate with age and the rug has even pile and is intact with the original goat hair overcasting, kilim ends and remnants of ornamental tassels. An interesting addition to a collection. Reference 2631, Size 200 x 122cms. 6ft.6in. x 4ft. CLOSE UP.

BALOUCH / BELOUCH BAG FACES. A rare pair from the region of Firdous which lies in the desert region of Khorrasan in north east Persia. Saddle bags from this Belouch group are particularly rare. The kilim borders with embroidered designs of rows of goats are most unusual and I know of only one other piece with this feature which was shown in HALI Edition 94 on page 122. The wools are soft and lustrous. Reference 292A and 292B. Size 71 x 73cms. each. 2ft.4in. x 2ft.5in. each. Euros 595 the pair.

BALOUCH / BELOUCH BAG FACES. A rare pair from the region of Firdous which lies in the desert region of Khorrasan in north east Persia. Saddle bags from this Belouch group are particularly rare. The kilim borders with embroidered designs of rows of goats are most unusual and I know of only one other piece with this feature which was shown in HALI Edition 94 on page 122. The wools are soft and lustrous. Reference 292A and 292B. Size 71 x 73cms. each. 2ft.4in. x 2ft.5in. each. Euros 595 the pair. CLOSE UP showing row of goats which each bag has in the top kilim border.

TURKISH VILLAGE RUG from the region of Yahyali in the southern part of south central Anatolia. The depth of rich colors and lustrous wool are typical of the best examples. The rug is in perfect condition, freshly hand washed and lies completely flat. Reference 2659. Size 210 x 102 cms. 6ft. 11ins. x 3ft. 4ins. Euros 375.

TURKISH VILLAGE RUG from the region of Yahyali in the southern part of south central Anatolia. The depth of rich colors and lustrous wool are typical of the best examples. The rug is in perfect condition, freshly hand washed and lies completely flat. Reference 2659. Size 210 x 102 cms. 6ft. 11ins. x 3ft. 4ins. CLOSE UP.

RARE ANATOLIAN YASTIK A small, old example from the Konya region of Central Anatolia (Asiatic Turkey). The rich colours all display signs of mellowing and abrash which suggests they are natural dyes. The end border panels are typical of Konya yastiks but the designs themselves are most unusual. An interesting collector's item. Reference 2529. Size 50 x 49cms. 1ft.8in. square. Euros 155.

RARE ANATOLIAN YASTIK A small, old example from the Konya region of Central Anatolia (Asiatic Turkey). The rich colours all display signs of mellowing and abrash which suggests they are natural dyes. The end border panels are typical of Konya yastiks but the designs themselves are most unusual. An interesting collector's item. Reference 2529. Size 50 x 49cms. 1ft.8in. square. 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 240.

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.

TRUCK DRIVERS in parts of the North-West Frontier drive works of art. The designs are inspired by religious motifs and good luck charms and rival the weight of goods the truck can carry.

THE WHOLE REAR SECTION, INCLUDING DOORS AND LOADING PLATFORMS, of heavily decorated Pakistani trucks is often devoted to a complete landscape.

PERSIAN ABADEH VILLAGE RUG Circa 1930. The small village of Abadeh lies at high altitude in the Zagros mountains midway between Shiraz and Isfahan. This is a rug of exceptional colour and intricate repeated design of urns containing flowering bushes surmounted by birds which is very pleasing. The dyes are natural and the condition is excellent. There is comparatively little written about Abadeh. However, the 1970 book "Oriental Rugs and Carpets" by the Italian specialist Fabio Formenton shows a very similar piece and has good information on pages 132-133. This rug last appeared on the international market as Lot 2119 of the Zurich fine art auctioneers Galerie Kohler on 8th December 1999. Reference 243. Size 235 x 142cms. 7ft. 9ins. x 4ft. 4ins. Euros 1,300.

PERSIAN ABADEH VILLAGE RUG Circa 1930. The small village of Abadeh lies at high altitude in the Zagros mountains midway between Shiraz and Isfahan. This is a rug of exceptional colour and intricate repeated design of urns containing flowering bushes surmounted by birds which is very pleasing. The dyes are natural and the condition is excellent. There is comparatively little written about Abadeh. However, the 1970 book "Oriental Rugs and Carpets" by the Italian specialist Fabio Formenton shows a very similar piece and has good information on pages 132-133. This rug last appeared on the international market as Lot 2119 of the Zurich fine art auctioneers Galerie Kohler on 8th December 1999. Reference 243. Size 235 x 142cms. 7ft. 9ins. x 4ft. 4ins. CLOSE UP.

BELOUCH - BALOUCH BAG - A very rare early 20th century piece from the region of Herat in north-west Afghanistan. Parts of the intricate design are in metal thread and silk has been used. The piece is intact, complete with the original goat hair handle. It last appeared on the international market at a sale of the famous `LeFevre` auction company in London in 1982. Ref. 287. Size 50 x 50 cms, 1ft 8ins x 1ft 8ins, Euros 400.

BELOUCH - BALOUCH BAG - A very rare early 20th century piece from the region of Herat in north-west Afghanistan. Parts of the intricate design are in metal thread and silk has been used. The piece is intact, complete with the original goat hair handle. It last appeared on the international market at a sale of the famous `LeFevre` auction company in London in 1982. Ref. 287. Size 50 x 50 cms, 1ft 8ins x 1ft 8ins. CLOSE UP.

RARE AFGHAN PRAYER RUG. The contents of the field make this an extraordinary and rare piece. At the top there are depictions of two pendants known as "tumar". These are sometimes attached to a necklace or sewn onto a coat called a "chyrpy". In both cases the pendant can be opened and precious documents stored inside. They are separated by a depiction of a small kabila stone. At the bottom there is an inscription and the Arabic numbers 2220. This cannot be a date since it would equate to AD 2777. It may be a reference to a verse of the Hadith. Structurally the rug has undyed, hand spun brown woollen warps and wefts and the construction suggests it is from southern Afghanistan. The condition is impeccable. It is a very collectable piece. Reference 2611. Size 101 x 62cms. 3ft.4in. x 2ft. Euros 415.

RARE AFGHAN PRAYER RUG. The contents of the field make this an extraordinary and rare piece. At the top there are depictions of two pendants known as "tumar". These are sometimes attached to a necklace or sewn onto a coat called a "chyrpy". In both cases the pendant can be opened and precious documents stored inside. They are separated by a depiction of a small kabila stone. At the bottom there is an inscription and the Arabic numbers 2220. This cannot be a date since it would equate to AD 2777. It may be a reference to a verse of the Hadith. Structurally the rug has undyed, hand spun brown woollen warps and wefts and the construction suggests it is from southern Afghanistan. The condition is impeccable. It is a very collectable piece. Reference 2611. Size 101 x 62cms. 3ft.4in. x 2ft. 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.

TEA BEFORE DISCUSSION can take place! The two men in white are my Afghan agents and friends, Hajji Mohammed Khan and Abdul Hakim. This is the North West Frontier in Quetta.

LUNCH AFGHAN STYLE. A kilim serves both as a table and table cloth and dishes are laid down the centre. Food is eaten with right hand and sauces scooped up with bread.

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.

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. 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.

BEDOUIN FLAT WEAVE / KILIM About 1,150 flower heads are displayed in square gardens separated by paths in this exceptionally fine, old and perfect work. Examples such as this are woven by Bedouin nomads in what used to be called Mesopotamia and is now the arid land bordered in the west by Damascus and Aleppo, in the north by Baghdad and the east by Basra. Through this flow the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and it is from the region of Samawa that this fine flat weave originates. Little is published on these pieces. However, in 1979 Triff Galerie des Artes Textiles in Paris published a most useful and informative book. Reference 2634. Size 200 x 127cms. 6ft.6in. x 4ft.2in. CLOSE UP.

BEDOUIN FLAT WEAVE / KILIM About 1,150 flower heads are displayed in square gardens separated by paths in this exceptionally fine, old and perfect work. Examples such as this are woven by Bedouin nomads in what used to be called Mesopotamia and is now the arid land bordered in the west by Damascus and Aleppo, in the north by Baghdad and the east by Basra. Through this flow the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and it is from the region of Samawa that this fine flat weave originates. Little is published on these pieces. However, in 1979 Triff Galerie des Artes Textiles in Paris published a most useful and informative book. Reference 2634. Size 200 x 127cms. 6ft.6in. x 4ft.2in. Euros 820.

FRESH BREAD from an oven which was just a hole in the ground. Cost me only a few cents!

The Khyber Pass. Majestic. Intimidating and daunting.

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.

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.

AFSHAR TRIBAL BAG A rare semi-antique example complete with original loops and in impeccable condition. Single storage bags of this format from the Afshars are extremely rare and I have not seen another in my travels nor in oriental rug literature. The embroidery at the top end where the fastening loops are inserted is exceptional. Reference 250. Size 71 x 51cms, 2ft 4ins x 1ft 8ins. CLOSE UP.

AFSHAR TRIBAL BAG A rare semi-antique example complete with original loops and in impeccable condition. Single storage bags of this format from the Afshars are extremely rare and I have not seen another in my travels nor in oriental rug literature. The embroidery at the top end where the fastening loops are inserted is exceptional. Reference 250. Size 71 x 51cms, 2ft 4ins x 1ft 8ins. €680.