Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 25. November 2017 at 3 p.m.

305 Lots
    • Lot1
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions191 x 113 cm
    • AgePre 1800
    • Estimate EUR200
    The term “prayer rug”, once obligatory for describing any rug presenting a mihrab and niche design, implied that the rugs were used for this purpose. However, it has now been established that most of them were not used for prayer, but served as wall hangings depicting Islamic iconography; they are now described as niche carpets due to their design. This very old example of the Ladik group has a plain red field, a steep stepped arch and an upper tulip panel. The rare drawing of its main border is striking, and also occurs in Innice weavings. – Obvious signs of age and wear, low pile, the foundation is visible in places. Several rewoven sections, both ends reduced.

    BUTTERWECK, GEORG & ORASCH, DIETER, Das Standardwerk des anatolischen Knüpfteppichs. Zentral-Anatolien. Vienna 1986, no. 43

    • Lot2
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions210 x 161 cm
    • AgeCa. 1870
    • Estimate EUR400
    A green-ground Karachov with a four-and-one design surrounded by chains of rosettes. Four additional rectangles are seen at each end. The yellow-ground border contains diagonal serrated leaves and stylised tree forms. – Evident signs of age and wear, a low pile; several old rewoven sections deviate in colour.
    • Lot3
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba region
    • Dimensions133 x 55 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR750
    A two-dimensional white Konagkend lattice design has been drawn on a black-brown ground and filled with white shield-shaped palmettes and colourful stars. The narrow single-stripe border shows a geometric, stylised floral vine on a green ground. The miniature format is unusual. – Both ends somewhat reduced, replaced selvedges, minor repairs, signs of wear in the pile.

    ENGELHARDT, EVA, Orientteppiche der Sonderklasse. Sammlerexemplare aus vier Jahrhunderten. Heidelberg 1980, ill. p. 40 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Teppiche. Sammlung Franz Bausback. Mannheim 2000, pl. p. 106

    • Lot4
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions205 x 180 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    This red-ground Sevan Kazak displays a huge “winged shield” medallion, its interior covered in small dots. The red cartouche at the centre encloses a smaller white cartouche. The wide white outline is adorned with stars, while large palmettes on a yellow ground constitute the design of the main border. An almost identical example was exhibited in London in 1983. – Signs of age and wear, both end finishes have been repiled and the selvedges replaced; creases, old restored sections.

    THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. The art of carpets from the tents, cottages and workshops of Asia. London 1983, pl. p. 115

    • Lot5
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus, Daghestan
    • Dimensions286 x 94 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200
    Seven immaculately drawn Lesghi star devices accompanied by palmettes and hooked diamonds are aligned in the narrow dark blue field. Small animals have been incorporated into the design. The wide sea-green main border decorated with a kufi vine and cross designs is flanked by red borders of polychrome star-shaped blossoms. – Obvious signs of age and wear, creases, damaged sides, low pile.

    EDER, DORIS, Orientteppiche. Band 1: Kaukasische Teppiche. Munich 1979, no. 433

    • Lot6
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions165 x 119 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,850
    In this small-format Konya kilim, two sets of nested hexagons fill the entire length of the light red field. They are flanked by six secondary motifs placed at the sides. The wide white main border is embellished with a spaciously drawn brown vine decorated with geometric stylised blossoms. Hexagons enclosing hooked diamonds are lined up in the two brown-ground elems. The quality of the light patinated colours indicates a date in the first half of the 19th century. – Completely preserved, including the original finishes; the brown sections are so heavily corroded that the white warps are exposed in these. Backed with canvas.
    • Lot7
    • OriginCentral Asia, middle Amu Darya region
    • Dimensions174 x 128 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    This large Ersari ensi was probably not used as a tent hanging, but served as a door rug in one of the houses of the winter quarters. The characteristic hatchlu cross occupies the whole of the field, and its wide horizontal bar is decorated with central ikat-style motifs. The narrow field is framed by three borders which differ in ornamentation. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    LOGES, WERNER, Turkmenische Teppiche. Munich 1978, no. 85

    • Lot8
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus, Daghestan
    • Dimensions410 x 210 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,000
    Judging by its structure – a very coarse weave, a heavy and loose handle – and subdued palette, this carpet in the old-fashioned kelleh format was probably woven in the surroundings of Derbent, the largest city in Daghestan. Its design of huge palmettes, cloud bands, pinwheel motifs and shrubs draws on the repertoire of older Caucasian blossom rugs. – Heavy corrosion in the black-brown ground, one long stitched horizontal tear, various repairs and repiled sections.
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    • Lot9
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions140 x 117 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,600
    This red-ground Fachralo prayer Kazak displays a tower-like blue mihrab field which contains a large box shape. The yellow mihrab surround is recessed in a rectangular shape at the bottom, creating a re-entrant niche, and bulges into a small arch at the top; both forms are of religious significance. – The outer border is missing at the upper end, somewhat reduced at the bottom, original flatwoven selvedges, several repiled sections.

    AMPE, PATRICK & RIE, Textile Art. A personal choice. Antwerp 1994, no. 42 *** TSCHEBULL, RAOUL, Kazak. Carpets of the Caucasus. New York 1971, pl. 9

    • Lot10
    • OriginCentral Asia, middle Amu Darya region
    • Dimensions130 x 87 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    Turkmen prayer rugs are rare, and most of the surviving examples are Ersari or Beshir weavings. The white field of this small prayer rug shows a chequerboard-style design enclosing star-shaped blossoms and crosses; in addition, five large rosettes have been incorporated into the grid. Crowned with a ram’s horn, the roof-like arch sits at the upper end of the field. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, both ends slightly reduced.