In this category I list recently acquired pieces of all groups and sizes for a duration of maximum 6 months after arrival, thereafter they appear in their respective sections. More images of any lot available on request. Updated 7/6/2023.
In good condition apart from minor signs of use, feather filled and backed with leather or strong fabric. Rare items in today's market.
All are in good condition showing only minor signs of use
The Kurdish woven artefacts from this region are distinctive and invariably attractive, ranging from large kilims to a range of bags varying in size depending on their intended and traditional use. This chuval is a larger type of bag with a plain kilim backing and beautifully embroidered front side. The Kurds rarely used undyed white wool, instead worked with a range of warm reds, blues, yellows and even greens as seen in this piece.
Originally sold in our gallery in 1992 it has been on a wall ever since and remains in perfect, original and complete condition throughout.
Antique Heriz carpets are the most sought after in the international rug trade, based on their highly decorative designs and beautiful colours. This very attractive piece has a stunning pale sky blue ground framing a warm terra cotta field. Although small Heriz carpets are rare we currently have a choice of 4 around the 10 x 6-7 ft range, all of them very nice and fairly priced.
There are a couple of very minor spots of restoration along both short ends, a few spots of slight surface wear but generally it's in very good condition throughout. A beautiful carpet that would transform any room, contemporary or traditional.
Dudu was one of the best weavers in the DOBAG project, having performed rug weaving in Ireland twice as well as other countries where a DOBAG outlet had been established. An extraordinary woman, capable of holding a large range of traditional, local designs in her head and also computing them into whatever size she was planning to weave. You can only toy with the idea what her rugs would be worth if she had been born in New York or London.
This design, known as "Altin tabak" (golden plate) is traditionally a must to be included in every girl's dowry in this region. Signed D.O. and also P.L. after I saw it half finished on her loom on a visit to Suleyman Koy. In perfect condition throughout after over 30 years on the floor, now with the added softening and glow of the pile that can only come about over time.
A striking 31 year old DOBAG with the popular all-over star design favoured by the women from this village. It has aged very nicely, now glowing with a rich sheen after a proper wash, the colours beautifully clear and vibrant. In perfect condition, complete with its original leather label, no wear or repairs.
A charming, characterful village rug from the DOBAG project, woven by several members of the renowned Yilmas family in Orselli whose houses I visited many times when the project was in full bloom. To see these happy women working at extraordinary speed, without the aid of cartoons, leaves a formidable, permanent impression in your memory.
The design here is the popular "oklu" (arrow) around which the weavers have placed a big range of symbols including a small house and several evil eye motifs. In good condition only showing very slight surface wear, also there were some spots of minor moth damage now perfectly restored, the rug ready to go.
This beautiful DOBAG, bought originally from us in 1992, features a design seldom seen in the renowned project started in 1980 but now sadly ceased. The 30 plus years of gentle use has seen the strong natural colours mature and soften, still clear and vibrant, with an added patination to the glossy wool that only comes with age and a good wash.
The weaver has signed and dated the rug which comes with its original ID card and certificate. Now in excellent condition there were some small areas of pile damage, all now expertly repaired. A lovely, rare example of the brilliant DOBAG project, the likes of which we'll never see again.
One of a small number of good DOBAG rugs just back in stock, all originally purchased in the early 1990's. This lovely runner is full of quirky playfulness, working from memory as all DOBAGs were, using all the naturally dyed yarns available in the project at the time.
In original condition throughout, kilims and sides intact, only very slight, even surface wear as can be expected in a 30 year old runner. Signed C.S.
A very beautiful, and rare, 19th C tribal Persian rug, woven by the Kashkuli who were part of the Quashq'ai tribal confederation. The known and published Kashkuli rugs differ in choice of designs and colouring to the main Quashq'ai group, often using the sought after ivory ground covered in all-over designs as against the more commonly found centre medallions.
James Opie, renowned US expert on antique Persian tribal rugs, publishes two related examples in his work Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia, pages 20-21 and 24-25. The latter has an identical border to our rug.
In excellent condition for its considerable age, complete all around with original end kilims and side cords, in near full pile throughout. A rare and beautiful example of Persian tribal rug art.
The main design of large "boteh" forms resembling large bird heads is fairly unique to this tribe. Over my career I have sold 5-6 examples, some with the boteh facing left, some right, some alternating. All were on ivory ground with three finely drawn borders and checkerboard end finishes.
The rug is very finely knotted with the pile cut thin, creating a sumptuous handle, almost reminiscent of the original Kashmir shawls from where the tribe may have picked up the design.
For a 150 year old rug it is still in fairly good condition, the sidecords sympathetically oversewn, the field with some very small spot repairs. Ideally it should be displayed on a wall where it looks beautiful and stays protected from wear for generations to come.
The expert on South Persian tribal rugs James Opie published a similar example in his work Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia, p. 102-103.
A smart little rug of good colour and well spaced Tekke Gol motifs, inside attractive borders. For generations this style of rug has been one of the most popular furnishing styles worldwide. They tend to fit in perfectly well in almost any setting, classical or contemporary, and also make charming wall hangings with the added advantage of looking great hung sideways.
In very good condition, free of repairs only with oversewn side cords. Good value for a nice, decorative rug of good age, streets ahead of current commercial production in the Far East.
A charming and characterful rug with a colouring and design placing it in the renowned Senneh (Sanandaj) town area, this being from a small village nearby. Clearly woven without cartoons the rug is skillfully created with a powerful border framing the more familiar Senneh style.
Another charming detail is the use of inlaid silk in some of the small botehs in the guard borders, probably dyed with fuchsine or possibly an early synthetic dye. The weaver clearly wanted to make something special, perhaps for dowry or a wedding. In excellent, original condition with full pile throughout, set to last for generations on the floor.
A superb example of the Tekke "Bokhara" rugs, beautifully drawn with excellent proportions and good natural colours. The warm madder red colour was used to great effect by most of the Turkoman tribes.
After the Russians crushed the tribe in the 1880's a flood of similar carpets entered international rug markets and quickly became the top fashion as the perfect furnishing carpets - quiet, rhythmic, calming and highly decorative as well as of exceptionally high quality they are still much sought after by collectors and decorators worldwide.
In superb condition with original side cords and part of the end kilims still intact, in near full pile throughout. There is one very small, old repair in the lower field which can be restored if required.
A really charming tribal Quashq'ai rug with considerable character compared to the later, more rigid examples woven after the tribe settled into sedentary life. Beautiful natural colours, a lot of spontaneity in the free style design and an unusual line of 7 human figures at the base of the field. Wedding gift? Dowry? We will never know but it's a rare, happy rug of great character with real collector's potential, worlds apart from the hideous floorcoverings currently in vogue.
This very beautiful carpet was originally offered to us by a Stockholm family and subsequently sold to an Irish collector in 2002. Both previous owners treated the carpet with the utmost care and respect and as a result it's still in perfect, original condition throughout, with full pile, original sides and ends all intact.
The relatively rare allover design is favoured by most decorators and collectors, easier to furnish with and very gentle on the eye. The quality is staggering, with a total knot count of 5,8 million, meaning it would have taken a team of 4 skilled weavers at least 2 years to complete. If you imagine that amount of time and skill applied to any other work of fine art you realise how grossly undervalued top end Oriental carpets are today.
The fine, glossy merino wool makes the natural dyes glow with a terrific sheen, also being totally fast and not prone to fading or colour run if wet. A wonderful carpet looking for a special room where the next caretaker will have generations of pleasure from it.
This wonderful rug features a design known as "mostofi", so named after the Persian Premier Fath-Ali-Shah (1797-1834) who was a strong supporter of the Persian carpet industry. The "mostofi" design was primarily found in large carpets but occasionally also in "dozar" sizes as seen here. The weaver(s) of this stunning rug were exceptionally skilled, woven "freestyle" with lots of charming, quirky touches and, yet maintaining a stunning elegance and harmony. The knot count of 290/sq inch places it at the very top of Bidjar work.
Antique Bidjar pieces are without doubt the most hard wearing and durable of all Persian pieces, due to a special local weaving technique of taught and sinuous wefts, heavily beaten together. The local natural dyes were also of superb quality, absolutely colour fast if washed and unlikely to fade, all a far cry from the poor, synthetically dyed efforts produced in Bidjar from the 2nd quarter of the 20th C to this day.
In superb condition throughout with near full pile, original end finishes and only a discreet protective extra overcasting of the side cords. The rug is free of repairs and should survive for several generations to come, even if placed in areas of heavy traffic. A rare and beautiful gem!
A beautiful antique Caucasian rug in virtually perfect condition, featuring the so-called Memling Gul motif found throughout the Caucasus. On a rare ivory ground the two rows of Guls create a striking, rhythmic design which also features several charming improvisations by the weaver who clearly worked "freestyle" and not from a rigid, mass produced cartoon.
The lanoline rich wool is all dyed with natural dyes, set to last for generations, only to undergo an attractive softening yet never lose their clarity. Compare that to the fugitive, garish synthetic dyes used for the past 100 years which not only fade but also run if exposed to water, rendering the rug worthless.
The rug has clearly been cherished by its former caretakers, in near full pile throughout, complete with original end kilims and side cords, free of repairs. For related pieces, ref Ian Bennett, Caucasian Rugs, pl. 204 & 206. On a final note, the upper left corner area is not faded - they are unavoidable sun reflections during photography.