Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

257 Lots
  • Shahsavan Kilim

    Add to wishlist
    • Lot41
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions398 x 156 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    Highly expressive in design, this large kilim was woven by a Shahsavan tribal group in the Bijar region. The field design consists of zig-zag panels in diverse colours divided by horizontal stripes containing hexagons and triangles. A kilim closely related in design, palette and format has been published by Galerie Neiriz. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    GALERIE NEIRIZ (publ.), Kelims der Nomaden und Bauern Persiens. Berlin 1990, ill. 16 *** POHL-SCHILLINGS, HANS, Persische Flachgewebe. Bilder aus Iran. Cologne 1994, no. 53

  • Davaghin Kilim

    Add to wishlist
    • Lot42
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus, Daghestan
    • Dimensions623 x 156 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    Woven in a Daghestan village inhabited by Avars, this very large kilim is striking on account of its asymmetric composition, with a main border on just one side. The blue-black field is completely filled by three huge red box shapes enclosing a rectangular medallion with an animal-tree design. Animal figures have been incorporated into the design in a number of places, including two red saddled horses. Several motifs have been woven in white cotton. – Some damage to the sides and corners, small holes and darned areas, otherwise well preserved.

    SABAHI, TAHER, Kelim – Kaukasische Flachgewebe. Augsburg 1992, ill. p. 94

  • Karakecili Kilim

    Add to wishlist
    • Lot43
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia, Balikesir region
    • Dimensions274 x 157 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,700
    This blue-ground kilim by the Karakecili from the Balikesir region displays the tribe’s typical design of four powerful, interlocked hooked diamonds, their lateral arms extending as far as the sides. The Karakecili nomads, a Turkic tribe that immigrated from Central Asia, evidently arrived with their distinctive ornaments and retained these. The example offered here is meticulously woven, with many brocaded ‘S’-forms. A very similar kilim is in the collection of the Vakiflar Museum in Istanbul (no. 39). – Signs of age and wear, minor holes, backed with canvas.

    BALPINAR, BELKIS & HIRSCH, UDO, Flachgewebe des Vakiflar-Museums Istanbul. Wesel 1982, pl. 48 *** ESKENAZI, JOHN J. (publ.), Kilim anatolici – Anatolian kilims. Milan 1984, pl. 19

  • Azeri Cover

    Add to wishlist
    • Lot44
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions203 x 165 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    Composed of two joined panels, this flatwoven cover showing a compartment design is a piece by the Azeri groups of Azerbaijan. The brocaded ornaments consist of wool while the white ground is cotton. A fine traditional weaving in good colours. Original finishes all around, good condition.
  • Bijar Kilim

    Add to wishlist
    • Lot45
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions269 x 127 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    A traditional Bijar kilim in the kelleh format. In the midnight blue field, an elongated open shield form in brilliant red contains a blue diamond-shaped central medallion with a floral interior drawing and long pendants attached at the tips. A geometric double vine enclosing flowers is seen in the golden yellow border. – Minor repairs, good overall condition.
  • Ottoman Kilim

    Add to wishlist
    • Lot46
    • OriginWest Anatolia, Ushak region
    • Dimensions362 x 257 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR46,000
    This kilim, with an octagonal central medallion in a midnight blue field covered in flowers, yellow spandrels, a yellow vine border and a wide, white-ground outer border decorated with small, green floral motifs, was probably woven in a specialised workshop in the Ushak region. Coarse kilims of this kind, with a firm structure and simple designs in the Ottoman style, were reportedly used in the tents of the commanding pashas during their frequent military campaigns. – Several minor repairs, remarkably good overall condition. Backed with fabric.
  • Salor Main Carpet Fragment

    Add to wishlist
    • Lot47
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions262 x 263 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR15,500
    This early Salor main carpet from an American private collection is published here for the first time. Generous in composition, it displays a design drawn to great perfection in vibrant colours, constituting an impressive example even in its fragmented state. Ruby silk – highly corroded – is only encountered within the secondary güls. – Cut at the lower end, which is probably missing three rows of güls; the original border has been reattached. Several long, stitched vertical tears. The pile is extremely low in places; various old repairs, new overcasting along the sides.

    LOGES, WERNER, Turkmenische Teppiche. Munich 1978, no. 17 *** MACDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures Of The Black Tent. Woodbridge 1997, pl. 1

  • Salor Chuval

    Add to wishlist
    • Lot48
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions83 x 137 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,600
    This nine-gül Salor chuval is one of the pieces woven with an asymmetric knot open to the right around the mid 19th century, and thus does not belong to the so-called S-group (asymmetric knot open to the left). Although the design does not differ significantly from the S-group in the details of the drawing or the layout, the lack of silk at the centre of the primary güls is striking. The warps are barely depressed, giving the weaving a softer and more flexible handle than S-group examples. A related Salor chuval has been published in “Atlantic Collections”. – Original but slightly damaged sides and upper kilim finish, somewhat reduced at the bottom. Low pile.

    DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L., Jr. (ed.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 200, p. 177

    • Lot49
    • OriginWest Persia, Arak region
    • Dimensions142 x 103 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR2,700
    A small-format rug from the Sarough region drawn in the angular style of such village weavings, which were produced in the cottage industry, often on commission. The shield-shaped ivory field contains a dark blue central medallion with a red centre, surrounded by twigs. The light red spandrels are filled with green twigs. The border design consists of a vine enclosing star-shaped palmettes and decorated with arabesques. – Replaced fringe at the top and bottom, new overcasting along the sides, signs of wear in the pile.
  • Qashqa’i Mafrash Side Panel

    Add to wishlist
    • Lot50
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions54 x 106 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    Known as "mafrash", such large bags resembling suitcases were required by Persian nomad tribes for their migrations, and were used as storage containers in their tents. This red-ground, knotted mafrash side panel, with a white lattice design of stylised twigs enclosing botehs in the field, was woven by a member of the Kashkuli tribe. It probably constitutes the “face", while the base, back and two narrow sides were woven in the kilim technique. Finely woven and with silk wefts, this is a rare collector’s item. A comparative example has been illustrated by Black & Loveless. – None of the original finishes have survived; the sides have been rebound. Restored in places, creases.

    BLACK, DAVID & LOVELESS, CLIVE, Woven Gardens. Nomad and Village Rugs of the Fars Province of Southern Persia. London 1979, no. 46