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Antique Beshir Kelleh

Circa 1890
300 × 150 cm 9’10” x 4’11”


A rich and vibrant tribal kelleh size antique Beshir carpet, woven by the Ersari-Turkomans in northern Afghanistan.  They exhibit a continuous repeating design of Herati motifs, palmettes, rosettes and leaves.  They will generally have a central octagonal medallion such as this piece with an octagon in each corner.  A strong brick red dominates the colour palette of Ersari-Beshirs, along with a varying background of blue dyes.

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They love to set off the design and composition with yellow dyes, this colour lifts the palette beautifully.  Yellow is used to online the design and in the minor borders.  Woven on a wool and often goat hair warp, the pile is soft and handle is light and floppy on good antique pieces.

In brilliant top condition with the original kilim end finishes still showing and the selvedge sides are showing also.  The pile height is exceptional and soft to the touch, with corrosion to the deep brown/black dyes we would expect to see on these 100+ year old examples.

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