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KURDISH SINGLE TENT BAG. A rare semi-antique example from the Quchan Kurds of north east Persia. They inhabit the land between Meshed and the border with Turkmenistan. The excellent text book "Kordi" by Wilfried Stanzer gives exhaustive information on their rugs, kilim and artifacts. An extremely finely woven example, which was probably a dowry piece and subsequently used to store jewellery, complete with original back. Reference 286. Size 45 x 47cms, 1ft 6ins x 1ft 7ins, Euros 350.

KURDISH SINGLE TENT BAG. A rare semi-antique example from the Quchan Kurds of north east Persia. They inhabit the land between Meshed and the border with Turkmenistan. The excellent text book "Kordi" by Wilfried Stanzer gives exhaustive information on their rugs, kilim and artifacts. An extremely finely woven example, which was probably a dowry piece and subsequently used to store jewellery, complete with original back. Reference 286. Size 45 x 47cms, 1ft 6ins x 1ft 7ins. CLOSE UP.

UNUSUAL AFSHAR PICTORIAL RUG. Although small, this does not appear to have been a bag face but rather a portrait of an important man who is dressed in the military style of the late 19th/early 20th century. It is finely knotted and originates from the region of Sirjan, a village in south west Persia. It is about 40 years old and in excellent, complete and original condition. Reference 2651. 48 x 38cms. 1ft.7in. x 1ft.3in. Euros 190.

UNUSUAL AFSHAR PICTORIAL RUG. Although small, this does not appear to have been a bag face but rather a portrait of an important man who is dressed in the military style of the late 19th/early 20th century. It is finely knotted and originates from the region of Sirjan, a village in south west Persia. It is about 40 years old and in excellent, complete and original condition. Reference 2651. 48 x 38cms. 1ft.7in. x 1ft.3in. CLOSE UP.

A PAIR OF AFGHAN STORAGE BAG FACES. These are known as Juvals and are the largest of the bags used in tents and dwellings. They are often filled with textiles not in daily use and are then large enough to be used as huge cushions or beds for children. Very fine examples such as these are often woven as dowry textiles. The style of knotting is peculiar to the village of Labijar on the Afghan/ Turkmenistan border, which is inhabited by Ersari Turkomans. The region is described by R.D. Parsons in his book “The Carpets of Afghanistan, page 102. Circa 1925. Reference 248A and 248B. Size 92 x 182cms, 3ft x 6ft, each. Euros 620 the pair.

A PAIR OF AFGHAN STORAGE BAG FACES. These are known as Juvals and are the largest of the bags used in tents and dwellings. They are often filled with textiles not in daily use and are then large enough to be used as huge cushions or beds for children. Very fine examples such as these are often woven as dowry textiles. The style of knotting is peculiar to the village of Labijar on the Afghan/ Turkmenistan border, which is inhabited by Ersari Turkomans. The region is described by R.D. Parsons in his book “The Carpets of Afghanistan, page 102. Circa 1925. Reference 248A and 248B. Size 92 x 182cms, 3ft x 6ft, each. CLOSE UP.

TURKISH KURDISH KILIM which is from the region of Malatya in eastern Anatolia. The weave is exceptionally fine and the white design highlights are of cotton. This kilim last appeared internationally at the sale of Phillips in London in November, 1988. The piece was used as a bag and has been opened. Ref. 230. Size 129 x 70 cms, 4ft 3ins x 2ft 4ins, Euros 430.

TURKISH KURDISH KILIM which is from the region of Malatya in eastern Anatolia. The weave is exceptionally fine and the white design highlights are of cotton. This kilim last appeared internationally at the sale of Phillips in London in November, 1988. The piece was used as a bag and has been opened. Ref. 230. Size 129 x 70 cms, 4ft 3ins x 2ft 4ins. CLOSE UP.

ANATOLIAN TENT BAG A small and rare bag woven by pastoral Yoruk people in western Anatolia. It is called locally "oklawali" and is used to store items for bread making, especially the rolling pin. The same wools that have been used to create the design on both front and back have been used at the end of the tassels and the colours appear to be natural. The design shows minimal wear at the bottom right corner which is commensurate with having been used. A fascinating and collectable piece. Reference 2637. Size 17 x 40cms. 7in. x 15in. Euros 290.

ANATOLIAN TENT BAG A small and rare bag woven by pastoral Yoruk people in western Anatolia. It is called locally "oklawali" and is used to store items for bread making, especially the rolling pin. The same wools that have been used to create the design on both front and back have been used at the end of the tassels and the colours appear to be natural. The design shows minimal wear at the bottom right corner which is commensurate with having been used. A fascinating and collectable piece. Reference 2637. Size 17 x 40cms. 7in. x 15in. CLOSE UP.

A partly woven silk rug is still on the loom in this village in western Anatolia. It was such a great piece I bought it and collected the finished piece on the next trip.

Buying silk rugs with my friend Erdogan Ildiz in the town of Hereke in western Anatolia. He is now one of Turkey`s largest rug producers.

ERSARI TURKOMAN PRAYER RUG. This unusual, very fine, early 20th century rug is from the village of Labijar in northern Afghanistan adjacent to the Turkmenistan border. This type is often categorised as work of the Kizyl Ayak sub-tribe of the Ersaris. Information, including a regional map and colour Plate 67 can be seen in “The Carpets of Afghanistan” by R.D. Parsons. The colours have subtle abrash and are natural and there is generous use of saffron yellow. It is in impeccable condition. Reference 246. Size 131 x 94cms, 4ft 4ins x 3ft 1ins, Euros 800.

ERSARI TURKOMAN PRAYER RUG. This unusual, very fine, early 20th century rug is from the village of Labijar in northern Afghanistan adjacent to the Turkmenistan border. This type is often categorised as work of the Kizyl Ayak sub-tribe of the Ersaris. Information, including a regional map and colour Plate 67 can be seen in “The Carpets of Afghanistan” by R.D. Parsons. The colours have subtle abrash and are natural and there is generous use of saffron yellow. It is in impeccable condition. Reference 246. Size 131 x 94cms, 4ft 4ins x 3ft 1ins. CLOSE UP.

RARE BELOUCH / BALOUCH RUG which is an early 20th century example of a group known as Timuri who are found in north west Afghanistan. Most unusually the warps are extremely fine cotton and the knotting is the finest I have seen in Timuri work. Stylised goats are scattered through a field of soft and lustrous wool and the rug is intact with original sides and ends. It is very similar to Plate 20 in the now very rare book “Rugs of the Wandering Baluchi” by David Black and Clive Loveless. Reference 253. Size 190 x 107cms, 6ft 3ins x 3ft 6ins, Euros 890. CLOSE UP.

RARE BELOUCH / BALOUCH RUG which is an early 20th century example of a group known as Timuri who are found in north west Afghanistan. Most unusually the warps are extremely fine cotton and the knotting is the finest I have seen in Timuri work. Stylised goats are scattered through a field of soft and lustrous wool and the rug is intact with original sides and ends. It is very similar to Plate 20 in the now very rare book “Rugs of the Wandering Baluchi” by David Black and Clive Loveless. Reference 253. Size 190 x 107cms, 6ft 3ins x 3ft 6ins, Euros 890.

BELOUCH / BALUCH STORAGE BAG. A very old and rare example from the Belouch / Baluch group who live in the Pakistan province of Baluchistan which joins southern Afghanistan. The top consists of a lattice weave of goat hair which, when opened, is used for the storage of small items, such as plates or cups. When the owners travel the netting is fastened at the top. The tassels are of wool and are adorned with cowrie shells and beads which simulate flowers. The embroidery is exceptional and the vibrant colours are in silk. There is a similar example in “Textiles of Baluchistan” by M.G. Konieczny on page 73, plate 46. He attributes it to the region of Chagai. Reference 2318. Size 52 x 16cms. 1ft.9in x 6in. Euros 286.

BELOUCH / BALUCH STORAGE BAG. A very old and rare example from the Belouch / Baluch group who live in the Pakistan province of Baluchistan which joins southern Afghanistan. The top consists of a lattice weave of goat hair which, when opened, is used for the storage of small items, such as plates or cups. When the owners travel the netting is fastened at the top. The tassels are of wool and are adorned with cowrie shells and beads which simulate flowers. The embroidery is exceptional and the vibrant colours are in silk. There is a similar example in “Textiles of Baluchistan” by M.G. Konieczny on page 73, plate 46. He attributes it to the region of Chagai. Reference 2318. Size 52 x 16cms. 1ft.9in x 6in. 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 120.

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 OF COLLAR OPENED.

PERSIAN BALOUCH / BELOUCH BAG. A piece to enhance a serious collection. It is from the Salor Khani sub-group and dates from the early 20th century. It is soft and supple with glowing colours. There is some corrosion in the black and a little understandable wear in the bottom corners. Two goat hair hanging loops form part of the original overcasting and there are two areas in the field that are piled with camel hair. This type of bag very seldom appears and I know of only two others since 2007. Reference 2374. Size 69 x 72cms. 2ft.3in. x 2ft.4in. Euros 225.

PERSIAN BALOUCH / BELOUCH BAG. A piece to enhance a serious collection. It is from the Salor Khani sub-group and dates from the early 20th century. It is soft and supple with glowing colours. There is some corrosion in the black and a little understandable wear in the bottom corners. Two goat hair hanging loops form part of the original overcasting and there are two areas in the field that are piled with camel hair. This type of bag very seldom appears and I know of only two others since 2007. Reference 2374. Size 69 x 72cms. 2ft.3in. x 2ft.4in. CLOSE UP.

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.

KELARDASHT VILLAGE RUG. This obscure, small village lies on the shores of the Caspian Sea and is unique in that its rugs are often woven on vertical looms which form part of one outside wall of a house. Production is very small and this rug is an example from the first half of the 20th century. They are often confused with the rugs of Moghan because of similarity of designs. There is comparatively little written but Nicolas Fokker in his 1973 book “Persian and Other Oriental Carpets for Today” gives good information and a colour plate on page 84. Reference 1273. Size 250 x 115cms, 8ft 3ins x 3ft 10ins. Euros 950.

KELARDASHT VILLAGE RUG. This obscure, small village lies on the shores of the Caspian Sea and is unique in that its rugs are often woven on vertical looms which form part of one outside wall of a house. Production is very small and this rug is an example from the first half of the 20th century. They are often confused with the rugs of Moghan because of similarity of designs. There is comparatively little written but Nicolas Fokker in his 1973 book “Persian and Other Oriental Carpets for Today” gives good information and a colour plate on page 84. Reference 1273. Size 250 x 115cms, 8ft 3ins x 3ft 10ins. CLOSE UP.

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.

THE END OF A LONG AND DIRTY DAY buying rugs in the bazar in Quetta, Belouchistan. I found 5 really great old Belouch pieces here which made the hours spent sifting through piles of rugs worthwhile.

THE SIZE OF THE AUDIENCE watching you buy is only limited by the space in the room or courtyard. Many just watch and listen so they can pass on your level of knowledge to the next dealer. Young children often attach themselves to you and watch. I even had a man who pretended to be blind observing my buying and passing information on. It`s just part of life there.

BALOUCH / BELOUCH ANIMAL BAND ARTIFACT. A superb piece in impeccable condition from the Taimani group in north west Afghanistan. It would have been used as a decorative ceremonial neck band for a horse. In the text book "Carpets of Afghanistan" by R.D. Parsons bands of this type are illustrated on page 54 and there is good information on the Taimani from page 145. Reference 2460. Size 122 x 17cms. 4ft. x 7in. CLOSE UP.

BALOUCH / BELOUCH ANIMAL BAND ARTIFACT. A superb piece in impeccable condition from the Taimani group in north west Afghanistan. It would have been used as a decorative ceremonial neck band for a horse. In the text book "Carpets of Afghanistan" by R.D. Parsons bands of this type are illustrated on page 54 and there is good information on the Taimani from page 145. Reference 2460. Size 122 x 17cms. 4ft. x 7in. Euros 74.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FINE SHAH SAVAN FLAT WEAVE known as a "Jijim", a flat weave made up of joined lengths of kilim which are stitched together. They serve as curtains, covers and bedding inside the huts and tents of several tribal groups in Persia, Azerbaijan and the Caucasus. This old example is from northern Persia. There is extensive information and many colour illustrations of Jijim work in "Persian Flat Weaves" by Parviz Tanavoli from page 260. Reference 2657. Size 160 x 127 cms., 5ft. 3ins. x 4ft. 2ins. CLOSE UP.

FINE SHAH SAVAN FLAT WEAVE known as a "Jijim", a flat weave made up of joined lengths of kilim which are stitched together. They serve as curtains, covers and bedding inside the huts and tents of several tribal groups in Persia, Azerbaijan and the Caucasus. This old example is from northern Persia. There is extensive information and many colour illustrations of Jijim work in "Persian Flat Weaves" by Parviz Tanavoli from page 260. Reference 2657. Size 160 x 127 cms., 5ft. 3ins. x 4ft. 2ins. Euros 285.

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.

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.