A quite large spoon for sherbet, soup or rice made in two parts. Carved from light wood, the handle with inscriptions in ink under a varnish. Condition: few traces of usage. Dimension: 27.6 cm long.
Composed of different cotton fabrics, made into a rectangular shaped woman’s prayer cloth indicating qibla, the direction of prayer. The basic fabrics are geometrically worked tapestry weaves, crocheted together. All sides with fringes, backed with a plain weaves. Condition: traces of usage, few thin areas, lining little stained. Dimension with fringes: 113 cm x 55 cm.
A small collection of three brass vessels, decorated with interlacing pattern and Islamic script, inlaid in copper and silver. The vase and the cachepot are finely chased, the lidded box of a bit a lower quality. Condition: few traces of usage, base of box with few tiny dents. Dimension: vase: 24.2 cm, jar and box: 8.8 cm high.
Small antique tribal Persian chanteh (bag). Hand woven of wool in lovely deep indigo blue and brown. A central rectangle of deep blue has six vertical bands of white with
interlocking motifs perhaps of rams horns, a powerful masculine symbol. Framing this is a wide dark brown band which is subtly woven with repeating protective eye motifs. The back of the bag is woven a solid deep brown color. Circa 1900.
Size: 17" wide x 13" high
A beautiful Persian tribal small chanteh (bag) for personal use. Hand woven of wool for incredible durability. This bag has a very tight intricate knotting with a central design of diagonal bands of blue, white and rust colors. Inside each band is a diagonal row of what appear closest to a simple wheel of fortune motif except that each symbol only has two hooked arms and is spinning in the opposite direction of a wheel of fortune motif...
Antique Kilim runner of Turkish nomadic tribe origin. A series of 9 large bands, each with three large diamond shaped reserves inside which are crosses surrounded by protective hooked borders. Smaller protective diamond shapes and crosses fill in the space around each large motif. Bands of white with small crosses and diamond provide more protection. Hand woven of wool. Circa 1900.
Size: 101" long x 31 1/2" wide.
Long antique Caucasian camel cover for ceremonial use. Made of wool and silk and woven with intricate areas of design. Islamic symbols and intricate floral motifs. Long fringe on either side. Circa 1900.
Size: 94" long x 15 3/4" wide
Hand knotted wool Caucasian Kazak tribal rug. Wonderful motifs: the center has three large bereket (fertility) symbols) in hooked edge octagon reserves which are floating in a beautiful fields of flowers on a blue ground. The main boarder is a dramatic row of linked rams horns (symbols of manhood, male fertility, strength, and bravery...
Antique Kurdish chanteh bag (camel bag). Made of wool and woven in two connected panels. The front panel (facing out on the camel) is woven with star protection motifs and surrounded with a running hooked motif along the border. The back of the bag is woven in a stripe pattern. Circa 1900.
Size: 40" high x 29" wide
A tulip shaped vase and a small jug made of steel decorated with tendrils and stars in gold and silver. Condition: end of jug's spout and rim of vase with a short split. Dimension: 19.4 cm and 10.1 cm high.
Such fused-rod beads represent one of the high points of Islamic glass-making, and this is one of the best examples on the market. It is manufactured from combed mosaic canes of white, red, yellow and green, into which three vertical panels each composed of four eyes have been set. Each eye has three concentric layers of black and white, red, and yellow. Though only a few of these beads have been found in Fustat itself, they were exported very widely and are found from West Africa to Indonesia...
A brocade in gold wrapped silk threads with flower heads. From a Swiss gentleman's study collection, mainly comprising Persian textiles. Condition: faded, some wear and thin areas. Please look at photos carefully, being part of condition report. Dimension: c. 40 cm x 30 cm.
A hexagonal miniature table brass box, decorated with interlacing patterns, tendrils and Islamic calligraphy inscriptions, inlaid in silver and copper. With hinged lid and a small locking clasp, the interior with wood lining, mother-of-pearl and bone inlays. Condition: bottom of the lining lost. Dimension: 20.5 cm high.
From Tell Brak in what is now Syria, Middle Uruk period, 4th millennium BCE. This is an alabaster idol dominated by huge, staring, incised eyes; the body is bell-shaped. The the thin plaque has a pinkish hue and is translucent in a bright light. Tell Brak was a major Mesopotamian city in northeastern Syria, located on a trade route from the Tigris river valley north to Anatolia and the Mediterranean...
This is an absolutely incredible three piece matching set of Persian battle armor; Contains one helmet, one battle axe, and one shield. The helmet, or "Khulah-Kud", bears a tall, pointed finial; Gilt filigree outlining the intricate incised designs of floral motifs and birds; Arabic characters line the bottom edges of the helmet. The large, round "Dhal" shield is ornately decorated with engraved floral motifs outlined in gold; Arabic lettering adorns the outer edges; Old cloth lining...
A cover composed of several pieces, lined with green fabric. Blue ground with brocaded boteh pattern in metal wrapped threads. Provenance: a gentleman's collection, Geneva - Switzerland. Condition: wear - mostly only the yellow silk core left. Short parts of selvages undone, one small mend, two small holes, few thin areas . Dimension: 92 cm x 125 cm.
Antique India natural hardwood bowl, used for mixing up flour dough for making flatbreads like pita. Very rustic and charming, heavy hardwood. Unusual shape almost like a turtle.
Size: 20" L x 17" D x 3" H
Antique Caucasian wool rug, hand-knotted in geometric pattern design. Dates from the early 20th century.
Size: 3'7" x 5'9"