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TRIBAL BAGS are probably the most unspoiled, genuine, weavings of many tribal and pastoral groups throughout Central Asia and North Africa.

They are woven in many shapes and sizes and fulfill the storage function needed in tents and huts.   Small ones are for jewelry and precious personal items, also salt, spices, dried fruits, mirrors and cosmetics.  Medium sizes are pillows at night and cushions by day and are also used to store food, tools, clothing and household items.      There are even very large sacks for the storage of grain and textiles when not in use.  These double as beds for children.

Most bags are woven using only local wools, goat and sometimes camel hair.  Embellishments, both superstitious and religious, are frequent.   Durable goat hair is used for closing loops and for selvedges.

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.

CLOSE UP of piled bag face which has a soft and lustrous feel and appearance.

KASHKAI STORAGE/TENT BAG woven with soft and lustrous wools. Colours appear to be natural dyes and the bag is old, probably woven in the 1940s. It is unusual to find one with the original kilim flat weave back, especially one so different and attractive as this. Reference 2977. Size (opened) 96 x 54 cms., or 38 x 21 ins. Euros 185.

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. 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 380.

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.

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.

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.

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..

KURDISH TENT BAG which dates from the 1930s. It has the original goat hair overcasting and fastening loops. There are several areas of abrash and the glowing rich colours are consistant with those originating from natural dyes. The piece is in excellent condition. Reference 3162. Size 39 x 42 cms., or 16 x 17 inches. Euros 245.

REVERSE SIDE showing original kilim back and piled lower end which would have protected the bag when used in the tent or hut of the Kurdish owner.

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.

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 QUCHAN CHANTEH -- a small bag used to store precious items such as jewellery. It dates from the 1920s and is from a Kurdish group east of the town of Esfarayan in north east Persia. The use of 10 colours in the design is most unusual. Extensive research by Wilfred Stanzer in his excellent book "Kordi" contains exhaustive and original information, including the dating and origin of this piece. A similar chanteh is shown as colour plate on page 205. Reference 3296. Size 34 cms., or 13 inches square. Euros 175.

EXAMPLE DOCUMENTED AND PHOTOGRAPHED in the excellent book called "KORDI" on pages 204 and 205. It was published in Vienna in 1988.

MOROCCAN BERBER PART SILK 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 white sections are cotton and the bags are adorned with sequins and 22 original tassels, some in coloured silks. Reference 2972. Size 125 x 45 cms., or 50 x 18 ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER PART SILK 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 white sections are cotton and the bags are adorned with sequins and 22 original tassels, some in coloured silks. Reference 2972. Size 125 x 45 cms., or 50 x 18 ins. Euros 178.

KASHKAI SMALL SQUARE RUG which dates probably from the 1950s. The piece is exceptionally fine and densely knotted yet supple and soft. The foundation is of mixed wool and goat hair warps while weft threads are double and a rare mixture of fine wool and even finer cotton. The lustrous sheen of the field hides a mixture of small designs and includes four inscriptions of the word "Allah", but you have to look very closely to find them. Reference 3163. Size 54 x 53 cms., or 21 inches square. Euros 175.

CLOSE UP of one corner showing the deep rich colours used in the designs. The traditional Kashkai overcasting of two alternating colours is original and intact.

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.

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. Euros 100

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 130.