Major Spring Auction

Saturday 31. May 2014 at 3 p.m.

243 Lots

Collector's Carpets:

Saturday, 31ST May 2014, at 3 p.m.




Wednesday, 28th through Friday, 30th May 2014 daily from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.

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  • Bakhtiari Tasheh

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    • Lot1
    • OriginWestern Central Persia, Chahar Mahal region
    • Dimensions155 x 133 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR480
    Coarsely woven, this nearly square kilim has a knotted section shaped like a salt bag in the lower central area. The left-hand half is a plain sandy brown while the right-hand half is decorated with wide stripes in white and dark brown. Known as “tashehs”, such textiles were originally joined on three sides and used as sacks. Made for home use by settled Bakhtiari in the province of Chahar Mahal, tashehs served as storage containers and cargo bags for carrying grain or flour. – Good condition.

    MACDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures Of The Black Tent. Woodbridge 1997, pl. 145

  • Kordi Kilim

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    • Lot2
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions318 x 70 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR450
    Finely woven on a brown goat hair warp, this narrow kilim originally belonged to one of the two-panel covers employed by the Khorasan Kurds. The design consists of horizontal stripes in alternating harmonious colours and very narrow brocaded additional dividing bands. Stanzer has published a complete cover. – Good condition, original side and end finishes, several stains, one small hole.

    STANZER, WILFRIED, Kordi. Leben. Knüpfen. Weben der Kurden Khorasans. Kollektion Adil Besim. Vienna 1988, pl. p. 141

  • Shahsavan Scissor Bag

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    • Lot3
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions11 x 49 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR950
    Finely woven in the sumakh technique, the face of this rare Moghan Shahsavan scissor bag has been divided into three compartments showing a design of solid crosses and stars. The midnight blue central compartment is twice as wide as the two outer green-ground ones. A narrow red border containing a white zig-zag band frames the compartments all around. Wertime illustrates a bag face of identical design and colours, stating Moghan-Savalan as the provenance. – Good condition; the striped kilim back is only partially preserved.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, no. 70

  • Three Kuba Wraparound Skirts

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    • Lot4
    • OriginCentral Africa, Congo
    • Dimensionsa = 478 x 72 cm, b = 411 x 61, cm = 425 x 60 cm
    • AgeFirst half 20th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    The confederation of Kuba tribes settled along the banks of the Kasai river in southern Congo. The Kuba had their own textile tradition using abstract designs and a distinctive style. They employed the fibres of the raffia palm as their basic material. The spun yarn was plant-dyed in beige, brown, red and black. Geometric motifs in contrasting colours were sewn onto a foundation. Longer textile panels such as these three wraparound skirts worn at ritual ceremonies are composed of several sections. – Slight signs of wear, otherwise well preserved.
  • Bayburt Prayer Kilim

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    • Lot5
    • OriginNorth East Anatolia
    • Dimensions176 x 150 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    A Bayburt prayer kilim woven in a wide format in a spaciously conceived design of a very few, powerfully drawn ornaments. The prayer field is framed by a blue border. The kilim was previously exhibited at Schloß Rheydt in 1997. – Several rewoven sections, the partially damaged sides have been backed with a red fabric; the kilim has been sewn onto a linen fabric for support.

    EXHIBITION CATALOGUE MUSEUM SCHLOSS RHEYDT, Anatolische Kelims aus vier Jahrhunderten. Mönchengladbach 1997, no. 4

  • Erzerum Niche Kilim

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    • Lot6
    • OriginNorth East Anatolia
    • Dimensions236 x 127 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,800
    Meticulously woven in extremely beautiful colours, with small areas brocaded in metal in the arch section, this Erzerum kilim is distinctly longer than other kilims of this group. It probably served as a wall hanging rather than a prayer rug. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM & FRANTZ, KLAUS, Anatolische Gebetskelims. Nuremberg 1978, ill. 35 *** DIENES, GERHARD M. & REINISCH, HELMUT, 2001 und 1e Nacht. Teppiche und Textilien aus Privatsammlungen. Graz 2001, no. 137

  • Afshar Bag Face

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    • Lot7
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions57 x 77
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    The midnight blue field of this Afshar bag face presents the nomad version of a garden design, with a blue diamond enclosing a sprawling tree growing from a vase and two large peacocks in the upper corners. – Slight signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile.
  • Two Afshar Bags

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    • Lot8
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensionsa = 26 x 29 cm, b = 26 x 24 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR850
    These two small knotted Afshar bags including triangular gables at the top were used by the women of the tribe to store personal utensils or coins. The lower section has been folded back and sewn up at the sides; the gable served as a flap for closing the bag. One of the two bags shows a design of diagonal stripes on a white ground, while the other displays arrow shapes on a blue ground. – Good condition.
  • Afshar Khorjin

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    • Lot9
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions54 x 24 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR600
    An Afshar double bag woven in a miniature format. The knotted red faces show a section of a border design surrounded by a narrow border of reciprocal hooks; a blue stripe of small rosettes has been added at the bottom. The closure bands are woven in the sumakh technique, the connecting panel is plainwoven. A kilim back of horizontal stripes. – Signs of age and wear, a stitched tear in the central section.
  • Afshar Salt Bag

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    • Lot10
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions58 x 49 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR600
    An Afshar salt bag with a knotted face and a kilim back. The lower horizontal rectangular panel shows a diamond lattice design on a blue ground surrounded by three borders; in the smaller square section above – the neck of the bag – a central star is surrounded by tiny crosses. – Good condition.