The following is a complete listing of our Antique and Semi-antique rugs and carpets in current stock. They are arranged in order of size, starting with the smallest.
Each and every piece has been personally and carefully selected, based on 45 years of experience buying Antique rugs. I only buy exceptional pieces in perfect or near perfect condition, preferably untouched by restoration, alterations, heavy wear, artificial "antique wash" treatments or any other interference that would negatively effect value.
The quality must be top end, as must be artistic merit, visual appeal and, ideally, a degree of relative rarity within its group.
Click on images to enlarge. More images of each lot available upon request. A number of very beautiful antique pieces, as well as potentially a collection of old DOBAGs, will be posted gradually in the coming weeks.
This section updated 19/5/2023
This beautiful little piece depicts a midnight scene, with the deep blue ground and a nightingale perched at the top of the tree-of-life. Finely woven in thick, lustrous wool on a cotton warp it was the work of a settled tribal Avshari woman with a great eye for the use of colour and design.
Note also the single female human figure and two small birds, suggesting it may have been intended as a gift. The all natural dyes are superb, as is the lanolin-rich wool, condition perfect throughout with no repairs. The side cords have been overcast at some point in its later life. A rare little jewel of a late 19th C rug that can take a lot of floor wear but, being a true work of art, would achieve maximum impact on the wall.
An attractive, small Tekke "Bokhara" rug with well spaced design, good dyes and in good condition, no repairs other than oversewn side cords. For further info on this piece click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
A finely woven rug with a design and colouring often found in the Saveh region of Hamadan. The Maine rug dealer Tad Runge in his work One Woman One Weft illustrates several pieces of similar appearance and technical specifications - plates 31-35.
Good natural colours, in full pile throughout, original sides and ends present, only a couple of minute spot repairs, this rug has been well looked after by previous caretakers including wall display for the last 11 years. A decorative, attractive and inexpensive village rug from a region where nothing of note or quality has been woven for many decades.
Rug weaving in Abadeh is merely over a century old, inspired by the weavings traded in the bazaars by the various tribal groups passing through. Old examples were well made with good, natural colours and properly spun wool. The design seen here is known as "Zil-i-Soltan", a complex all over composition featuring vases filled with exotic flowers. In excellent condition throughout.
The finely knotted, high quality rugs from Jozan are renowned for their glossy wool and excellent colours. Similar to rugs from nearby Sarouk they mainly come in medallion designs, woven with double wefts but using the symmetric knot.
Jozans are hard wearing, long lasting rugs that will survive for generations if cared for properly. This charming piece of a slightly unusual size was acquired from a Swedish collection, kept in near perfect condition by its previous custodian. Note the lovely use of sky blue rosettes against the dark field colours. The late Stockholm dealer Peter Willborg illustrates a very similar example on pl 29 in his book Hamadan.
An early, rare and very beautiful Caucasian village rug from a part of the Caucasus known for some of the finest rugs woven in the region. You're looking at a piece of rare and genuine Caucasian folk art, unlike any other made, showing the weavers obvious freestyle work that gives the rug such charm. The "kufic" border is one of the most attractive in the rug world, used in several districts such as Shirwan, Leshgi and Kuba.
In excellent condition throughout, original and complete sides and ends including the kilim finishes, in full (finely cropped) pile and no repairs. Very finely woven for a Caucasian rug with a knot count of 208/sq inch. Future caretakers might consider displaying the rug on a wall where I believe it can be best enjoyed, as well as kept safe from wear and tear.
Two closely related examples published in Latif Kerimov, Russian Collections, Pl 5, and U. Schurmann, Caucasian Rugs, Pl. 104.
A beautiful Shirwan village rug of unusual design and lovely, warm natural colours. This region had a wide spread home weaving tradition prior to the Russian revolution, producing decorative, charming and finely woven examples. After the revolution private enterprise was banned and with that the whole tradition disappeared in favour of sterile, mass produced replicas employing synthetic colours and utterly sterile, predictable and designs of no collector's value. It was clearly displayed on a wall by previous caretakers, the hanging rings still present.
A very closely related example was published in Latif Kerimov's work Russian Collections, pl. 53, attributed to the village of Bijo, Aksu district, Azerbaijan. The similarities are striking, from the size, choice of dyes, use of borders and main field design. In very good, complete condition, side cords sympathetically overcast, woven short ends intact, no repairs and generally in good pile throughout. A perfect piece for wall display but also good enough for use on the floor.
This gorgeous rug is a superb example of tribal Avshari rug art at its best. The playful design, the stunning colours (most notably the sky blue), the skillful balance of empty space and tight detail, all points to a very experienced weaver.
Being finely knotted at around 132/sq inch the pile was cut thin to enhance the design - it's still in very good condition with only marginal surface wear in the centre. The original kilims are intact, as are the side cords, and there are no repairs.
The rug is in good enough condition to be used on the floor but for a 150+ year old tribal work of art of this caliber I would recommend wall display to preserve it for future generations.
Ref: James Opie, Tribal Rugs, Pl. 12.13.
A highly decorative Baluch piece with an unusual design, showing strong Turkoman influence in its use of Gul motifs down the centre. The border is also unusual, featuring a large variety of enclosed motifs without the usual vine or meander form. It also features small details in magenta silk pile so clearly the rug was made for a special occasion, most probably for dowry or wedding gift.
Purchased from a Swedish collection, the rug is in excellent condition, showing only small spots of slight surface wear, the original sides and kilim ends intact.
A typical Baluch piece with a lattice grid of "mina khani" flowers inside a powerful border, woven in high quality lanolin rich wool at a high knot count of around 145/sq inch. In near perfect condition apart from small spots of slight surface wear, the original side cords and end kilims present, free of repair. Ex a Swedish collection where it has been unused for two decades.
A very stylish, elegant and well drawn Baluch rug of a design and colouring characteristic of Baluch weavings from NE Khorassan. The weaver was clearly very experienced, the weave tight and even with a knot count of 156 pr sq inch. The finely spun lanolin rich wool pile (full throughout) make the warm natural colours glow with a rich sheen.
In excellent condition throughout, free of wear or repairs, its original sides and ends intact apart from the loss of a few kilim strands.
A charming village rug woven on wool warp with brown wool wefts and thick, lanolin rich wool pile. The combination of a tightly drawn field and a strong, wide and unusual border, works very well. It's one of those "happy" rugs, exemplified by the quirky use of inlaid silk details in the inner guard border. The weaver clearly made it for some specific purpose, such as a wedding or dowry.
In excellent condition throughout, complete with full pile and original, intact sides and end finishes. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
A beautiful and rare example of the well known "boteh" or bird rugs woven by the Khamseh in the 19th C. Probably inspired by shawls from nearby Kerman, the rug is very finely knotted, the pile cut thin sharpening the design, the handle very supple. In good, complete condition with part of the original kilim ends still intact and secured. There are a number of small spot repairs but ideally it should be placed on the wall where it really catches your attention. For further info on this piece, click on Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
The Bakthiari tribes were originally nomadic, searching for grazing throughout the Zagros, then gradually settling into village life. The late rug dealer and good friend Peter Willborg published a comprehensive study on the Bakthiari that has helped us identify rug weaving areas and local traditions.
This rather unusual example features a prayer "mihrab" dominated by a Tree-of-Life, filled with flowers and featuring two large birds and cypress trees at the base, symbolising life and death.
Woven on a cotton foundation this example is a charming village weaving with excellent qualilty hand spun wool all dyed with natural dyes. Although drawn symmetrically, a closer look reveals plenty of quirky details, clearly showing she was working from memory and not a sterile, predictable cartoon.
A lovely, hard wearing and rare rug, in full pile of glossy wool, set to last for generations. Ref: P. Willborg, Chahar Mahal Va Bakthiari, Pl. 301.
A very finely woven Bakthiari rug with a highly elegant, symmetrically arranged design, to some degree inspired by the superb and complex rugs woven in nearby Isfahan. The clear, all natural colours are typical of Bakthiar work as are most of the motifs and ornaments, yet with a knot count of almost 300/sq inch the rug it rivals the best of Persian town weavings.
In excellent condition throughout, only missing the original short end kilim at the top end, free of repairs, it's a beautiful, hard wearing and highly accomplished example of its type.
A beautiful and unusual example of the high quality rugs from Tafresh, featuring exceptional, almost silky, wool and tight weave. Most Tafresh pieces are either a 16 foil center medallion of an all-over bird and flower design - this is the first one of its kind I have come across. In full pile and virtually perfect throughout, all original.
This very attractive rug is typical of the work by the Shishboluki - the centre four armed "crab" motif with its matching halved corners is often encountered, as does the linked, flowering plants in the main border. Later examples normally appear much busier in style, the earlier examples being far more attractive in their relaxed, open style of design.
Like all tribal rugs this piece was woven entirely from the weaver's memory and hence it's full of quirky, charming improvisations. The dyes are all natural, meaning the rug can be safely washed and be exposed to light without further fading.
In good condition throughout showing only slight, even wear, original side cords and no loss at short ends other than the original kilim strands. Free of repairs and ready to go on the floor, or on a wall where its visual reward is maximised.
An rare, early and truly beautiful rug woven by nomadic tribal weavers of the Kashkuli subtribe within the Quashq'ai group. The ivory field with its charming diagonal lines of "boteh" motifs creates a calming, rhythmic design, clearly woven freestyle by weavers memorizing ancient tribal symbols and motifs. Wonderful natural dyes, superb glossy wool, in great original condition throughout.
For further info on this piece, click on Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
A good example of the characteristic three medallion design village rugs from Karadja. This one has lovely (all natural) colours, most notably the gold border and bluish green in the two supporting medallions.
Excellent wool, original ends now secured, side cords just marginally overcast, in near full pile throughout and free of repairs. A robust, solid furnishing rug that would look great in most settings, traditional or contemporary.
Rugs of this appearance were woven in a number of small towns and villages in the Mahallat region, mainly in the town of Arak.
Woven on cotton foundation with fine quality wool dyed entirely with natural dyes including a lovely soft green and ivory spandrels that lift the composition. Note the beautiful and unusual main border. In very good condition throughout it has only very slight, even surface wear, original side cords and one lower end intact, loss of 2-3 knot rows at the opposite end. A good, decorative antique rug at a reasonable price
Originally sold in our showrooms in 1999, this stunning rug was always a favourite, both from a quality and decorative viewpoint. The gracefully drawn design has many curious features such as the "vac-vac" (talking tree) motif hanging from the top of the arch, and the families of cockerel, hen and chicks at the base. The soft, pale blue colour is very rare and highly sought after, contrasting beautifully with the deeper border colours - a masterpiece of Persian rug design and understanding of harmonising colours.
Having spent much of its time on the wall the rug is in excellent condition for its considerable age, complete with original ends and sides, free of repairs apart from some minute spots of side cord binding.
A well drawn, beautifully composed Mihrab design with an attractive and unusual (for Kashan) range of soft natural colours. The flowering vase and delicately drawn sprays and tendrils are classic Kashan work. A very good rug in full pile and free of repairs apart from two minute repairs to upper left and lower right corners.
One of our best city rugs in current stock, this newly acquired piece has everything we look for in a good antique rug: superb design, natural colours, top class weave at over 340 pr sq inch, absolutely perfect throughout with parts of the original end finishes intact, original sidecords and full pile, free of repairs. A beautiful rug to own, suitable for floor use as well as for prominent display on a wall.
Some of the most beautiful Tree-of-Life rugs were woven over a century ago in Isfahan where the weaving skills and masterful designers have always been among the best in all of Persia. Although you could argue that rugs with a "mihrab" (prayer arch) were destined for use as prayer rugs, the size of most examples of this group were too large for this purpose. Instead, these pieces aimed to be exceptionally decorative and evocative, the ivory mihrab field forming the gateway to Paradise with its riches of flora and fauna to be enjoyed in the afterlife.
This finely knotted example (knot count close to 400/sq inch) is beautifully drawn, all the dyes organic, in very good, original condition throughout apart from fractional loss at the upper short end(1-2 knot rows only). It has spent most of its life on a wall where it offers maximum decorative effect as well as conservation for future generations.
The finest rugs from Kashan at this time were woven with lambs' wool pile ("kurk" in Farsi), a fine, lanolin rich wool glowing like silk with which they are often confused. In some rug markets they are generally named "Mohtashem" Kashan after the master designer/weaver whose signed rugs are now exceptionally rare.
This beautiful example has a knot count of 361 pr square inch or 580000 pr square meter, giving a total knot count of approx 1,6 million hand tied knots. The skilled Kashan weavers produced around 5-6000 knots pr day so for a single weaver the time to complete a piece of this quality would be around 300 days.
The rug is in near full pile throughout, side cords in their original position with some overcasting in places, both ends are intact including the original kilim at one end. There are small areas of old moth damage which have been re-piled but generally the rug is in very good condition. This is one of an identical pair, the second piece to come online shortly - they can be sold separately.