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This is a spectacular antique tribal carpet was woven by women of the Ainalu, Khamseh   tribe on late 19th Century. It belonged previously to the prestigious Kosow Collection, Germany. The most important private collection of Fars weavings. A few similar examples of this rare figurative rug have been published. All of them have very definite and constant characteristics: lines of riders, gazelles and cypresses, all uncommonly realistic, considering it is a tribal rug. The positions of the motifs are intriguing: while the more recognizable riders and the leaping gazelles are in the expected upright position, the cypress trees and smaller and less defined gazelles are lying down. Between the horses’ legs, small creatures adorned with spots look like… tortoises! An abundance of flowers, small quadrupeds and abstract designs reminiscent of the gol farang (french-stranger medallion) fill the spaces between the lines of the main figures. These are shown in perspective: the horses are rendered with a partial front view that shows they have ornaments on their chests. A magnificent main border completes the design of this piece that, according to scholars, has been adopted and modified by tribal weavers, based on old ‘hunting carpets’ of the Zand period. This is both a highly collectible and an attractive decorative piece of art.


The Kosow Collection, Germany

The Trybiarz Collection, Argentina

This carpet was published in the following catalogs and books:

1-    Stuttgarter Aktionhaus Dr. Fritz Nagel, Catalog of Auction 20T, July 1993, # 3137

2-    Rippon Boswell & Co. International Auctioners of rare Carpet & Textiles.Catalog 77, Catalog of Sale of The Kosow Collection, 2011. Pag. 41. Lot # 48

3-    Book “Rugs & Art”, Hali PL, London 2017, Plate 104, Pages 172 and 173.

A similar example was published in: Opie, James, For the Love of Tribal Carpets, The Bibler Collection. In Hali 164, London 2010, Page 87.


a. Origin Persia, Fars province, Khamseh, Ainalu Tribe.
b. Estimated Age Antique: Late 19th century
c. Craft (Embroidery etc) Wool pile knotted on wool foundation
d. Size (mention cm/inches) 263 cm x 175 cm
e. Condition Report Even low pile. Good condition for its age.
f. Damage & Shortcomings Both ends reduced. Borders rebounded. Some repiling and repairs.
g. Item Location (Country) Argentina
Seller Name Trybal – Abel Trybiarz
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