Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

257 Lots
  • Sehna Kilim

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    • Lot111
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions157 x 128 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    As fine as a cloth, this antique Sehna kilim displays a large-scale Herati design, drawn in an exemplary style and woven in pastel shades on a cream field. The yellow main border contains a vine of light red flowers and green diagonal leaves in the typical style of these elegant Kurdish kilims, which in Iran were much in demand as prestige objects during the Qajar period. Original finishes all around, good condition.

    ENGELHARDT, EVA, Teppiche-Die Bilder des Orients. Heidelberg 1977, no. 30

    • Lot112
    • OriginWest Persia, Arak region
    • Dimensions200 x 140 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000
    On a white field, this Farahan displays an octagonal central medallion with an interior drawing of star-shaped blossoms and a blue serrated outline as well as two analogous designs cut by the border. Small shrubs and flowers have been widely distributed across the field; the corners are accentuated by four light red trees aligned horizontally. A striking feature of this Farahan is the representation of two highly stylised faces seen between the medallions. The extra-wide, dark blue border contains expressively drawn vases and star-shaped blossoms. Also popular in Tabriz, the design symbolises the eternal cycle of nature. – New overcasting along the sides, minimally reduced at the bottom, the original kilim finish has survived at the top. Good overall condition.

    ENGELHARDT, EVA, Orientteppiche der Sonderklasse. Sammlerexemplare aus vergangener Zeit. Heidelberg 1982, pl. p. 35

  • Baluch Personal Rug

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    • Lot113
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions83 x 82 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200
    This rare Baluch in a square format probably served as a personal rug reserved for a family patriarch. The field design consists of five vertical panels decorated with two different border designs. A border frames the field at the top and bottom, but the presence of the original flatwoven selvedges proves that lateral borders never existed. – In good condition, except for one moth hole at the top left of the field.
  • Karabagh Kelleh

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    • Lot114
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions520 x 195 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR35,000
    This large carpet in the kelleh format was woven during the 18th century in one of the workshops of the Khanate of Karabagh, which belonged to the Persian Empire at the time. It was sold at auction on two previous occasions, first by us in May 1993 and later by Christie’s of London in April 2003. In his detailed description, William Robinson, an eminent connoisseur of classical carpets, traces the design to Tabriz models, but goes on to state that no directly comparable examples are known. In particular, the colour scheme of this impressive Karabagh is a unique feature. All the designs have been woven in subtle pastel shades; the white-ground field and the equally white ground of the border appear to merge into one another. – Various restored areas and signs of wear in the pile; however, the item is well preserved for a carpet of its size and age.

    RIPPON BOSWELL Wiesbaden, auction 38, 15 May 1993, lot 127 *** CHRISTIES London, auction 2. April 2003, lot 40

    • Lot115
    • OriginWest Persia, Arak region
    • Dimensions553 x 326 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,500
    An extremely large Mahal with a spaciously conceived floral repeat of palmettes and blossoms joined by twigs. In style and colour scheme, this highly decorative item resembles the contemporaneous Ziegler carpets, although the latter are more finely woven. – Obvious signs of age and wear, torn in places, one major hole.
    • Lot116
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions121 x 117 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,500
    The entire field of this small square Afshar is filled with offset rows of stepped hexagons with a floral interior drawing. The border consists of two bands of equal width: the inner red-ground band is decorated with halved trefoils and stepped polygons, while the outer white-ground band shows rosettes within a delicate vine. Unlike comparable pieces, the two end panels embellished with diagonal stripes are knotted rather than woven in the sumakh technique. The perfection of craftsmanship seen in this rug is surprising; its extraordinarily fine weave has resulted in a design drawing that is precise to the last detail. A piece of the highest quality, it may never have been used – the only explanation for its excellent condition.
  • Two Luri Bakhtiari Bag Faces

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    • Lot117
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensionsa = 88 x 107, b = 88 x 108 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    Two bag faces by the Luri Bakhtiari tribes produced in a mixed technique: the upper section is in the sumakh technique while the self-contained design of the lower panel is pile-woven. Formerly a pair, the two items used to belong together and were parts of one of the large camel saddle bags used by the Luri Bakhtiari tribes in their annual migrations. Each spring the nomads of western Central Persia left their winter quarters, moving to higher ground with their herds to avoid the heat of the lowlands, where the supply of both water and pasture was insufficient. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition.

    DE FRANCHIS, AMADEO & WERTIME, JOHN, Lori and Bakhtiari Flatweaves. Tehran Rug Society. Tehran, March 1976, ill. 17 B *** ENGELHARDT, EVA, Teppiche – Die Bilder des Orients. Heidelberg 1977, no. 36

  • Luri Bakhtiari Gabbeh

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    • Lot118
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions140 x 79 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR2,700
    This small white-ground gabbeh shows an abstract compartment design of polychrome rectangles arranged in rows; most are plain-coloured, but some are bi-coloured. In nine of the compartments, the centre has been accentuated by a small box motif. The brown-white chequerboard border surrounds the rug on just three sides. A very pretty, authentic example. – Good condition.
  • Daghestan Prayer Rug

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    • Lot119
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions177 x 118 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR4,400
    A white-ground prayer rug from Daghestan, its field decorated with a diamond lattice of flowering plants. The arch has been placed at the very top end of the field, immediately beneath the horizontal border. The two ladder-like forms next to the arch are a striking feature. Judging by the style of drawing and the somewhat coarser weave, the rug was probably made in Daghestan rather than the Shirvan region further south, where closely related pieces were woven. – Both ends somewhat reduced, reselvedged, uniformly low pile.
  • Kuba Sumakh

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    • Lot120
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions292 x 139 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    In this rare blue-ground Kuba sumakh, the long and narrow format is striking. Due to its fine weave, the designs have been drawn with precision. The field is covered by a close-meshed diamond lattice of serrated yellow leaves enclosing small flowers. The main border contains kufi designs and small medallions. – Good condition, with the original selvedges. The braided warps ends have been replaced at the lower finish, while some of the original warps still survive at the top.

    BORALEVI, ALBERTO, Sumakh. Flat-Woven carpets of the Caucasus. Florence 1986, no. 27