Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 17. November 2018 at 3 p.m.

273 Lots
    • Lot1
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions214 x 115 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR300 - 400
    In this small red-ground Kazak, the elongated format and rare field design are striking features. Hooked diamonds and larger stepped polygons have been joined into a design bar along the central axis. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, several old rewoven sections. New overcasting along the sides, both ends slightly reduced.
    • Lot2
    • OriginNorth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions169 x 95 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR400 - 600
    Four large star devices, embedded in a basic design of small flowers, take up the whole of the blue field in this early Lesghi rug. The white-ground main border is decorated with a leaf and calyx vine. – Obvious signs of age and wear, the pile is low and worn away in places. The sides have been newly trimmed in a blue fabric, both ends reduced.
    • Lot3
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions42 x 49 cm
    • AgeSecond quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR200 - 300
    A single bag by the Khorasan Kurds. Woven in the sumakh technique, the face displays the characteristic diamond lattice design enclosing cruciform diamonds in compartments of varying ground colours; the back is a red kilim. A finely and meticulously woven piece of striking visual effect in beautiful colours. Stanzer has illustrated an almost identical example. – Very good condition.

    STANZER, WILFRIED, Kordi. Leben. Knüpfen. Weben der Kurden Khorasans. Kollektion Adil Besim. Vienna 1988, ill. p. 205 bottom

    • Lot4
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions37 x 87 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR200 - 300
    A side panel of a small-format Khamseh Shahsavan mafrash woven in the sumakh technique. The design consists of wide horizontal stripes, with syrga motifs (probably abstract representations of birds) in the upper and lower bands and the typical tribal crosses in the central band. – Good condition.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, no. 12 *** HOUSEGO, JENNY, Tribal Rugs. An introduction to the Weavings of the tribes of Iran. London 1978, pl. 33

    • Lot5
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions160 x 149 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000 - 4,000
    The Lakai nomads were an equestrian Uzbek people who used to decorate their horses in splendid cloths on special occasions. In this gorgeous horse cover, the brilliantly colourful field and border designs have been placed on a black wool felt ground. The three large botehs in the central field, surrounded by small botehs, and the border designs of zoomorphous appearance are embroidered in wool yarn in the chain stitch technique. The additional outer border is finely embroidered in silk in the petit point technique. – Good condition.

    KALTER, JOHANNES & PALALOI, MARGARETA, Usbekistan. Erben der Seidenstraße. Stuttgart 1995, no. 319 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 77, Kossow Collection, 26 March 2011, lot 98 *** FITZ GIBBON, KATE / HALE, ANDREW, Uzbek Embroidery. In the Nomadic Tradition. The Jack A. and Aviva Robinson Collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Minneapolis 2007, pl. p. 81

    • Lot6
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions40 x 112 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400 - 3,000
    Called "mafrash", these large flatweaves with four sides and a kilim base were used by the Shahsavan nomads like containers for storing utensils, and they also served as cargo bags during the annual migrations to the summer pastures. Old photographs show camels carrying tall loads of mafrash containers. Mafrash lacking upper closure flaps, like this finely woven example in the sumakh technique, are usually attributed to the Moghan Shahsavan. The design of horizontal stripes, with a deep blue central band containing large hooked diamonds and two narrower white bands, has been conceived to continue along all four panels. – Very well preserved.

    TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Shahsavan. Flachgewebe aus dem Iran. Herford 1985, no. 46 *** AZADI, SIAWOSCH & ANDREWS, PETER, Mafrash. Gewebte Transporttaschen als textile Bilder des Orients-Arbeiten der Schahsavan und anderer Stämme Persiens. Berlin-Munich 1985, ill. p. 109

    • Lot7
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh region
    • Dimensions302 x 123 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200 - 1,600
    Drawn in the characteristic Lenkoran style, the striking field design of huge palmettes interspersed with cartouches derives from older Caucasian silk embroideries. It is not only encountered in Lenkoran rugs, but was also wide-spread in the Karabagh region and North West Persia. The comparatively loose knotting structure using black-brown wefts and the very narrow main border of stars suggest that this example was woven in the Karabagh region. – The flatwoven selvedges have been partially replaced, both ends minimally reduced, slight signs of wear, corroded brown.

    BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Caucasian Rugs. London 1978, ills. pp. 62 and 63

    • Lot8
    • OriginSouth East Anatolia
    • Dimensions343 x 152 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,750 - 2,300
    This two-panel kilim was woven by a Turkmen tribal group living in Cilicia, close to the Syrian border. At the time of weaving, the national territory of modern Syria belonged to the Ottoman Empire, and the nomads were able to move around freely. In the past, these finely woven, white-ground kilims with a field design of horizontal bars frequently appeared in the bazaar of Aleppo. The Istanbul Vakiflar Museum holds a further example of this specific group (inv. no. 19). – Very good condition.

    BALPINAR, BELKIS & HIRSCH, UDO, Flachgewebe des Vakiflar-Museums Istanbul. Wesel 1982, pl. 50

    • Lot9
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions375 x 149 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800 - 2,500
    A rare Shahsavan pile rug woven on a wool foundation using red wefts. The red field contains five octagonal medallions in green and dark blue; each encloses a striking, alternately white or red star design filled with a wreath of stars surrounding a central rosette. Each of the large devices is framed by four yellow triangles so that the whole entity assumes a box-like appearance. Large rosettes are aligned in the white-ground border. Thompson has published another rug of the same group in "Carpet Magic". – Signs of age and wear, new overcasting along the sides. In three places on the left, the rug has creases which extend far into the field. They have been cut and rejoined, resulting in a loss of small sections of the original length.

    THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. The art of carpets from the tents, cottages and workshops of Asia. London 1983, ill. p. 79

    • Lot10
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions282 x 188 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800 - 2,500
    The red field displays three huge cartouches outlined in white and enclosing smaller analogous devices. The sections of the field left undecorated by the main design are densely covered in octagons, hooked diamonds, rosettes, box motifs and small ornamental devices. – Slight signs of age, minor restored areas, good overall condition.

    BORALEVI, ALBERTO, Sumakh. Flat-Woven carpets of the Caucasus. Florenz 1986, no. 10 *** WILLBORG, PETER, & ALBERTSON, INGEMAR, Woven Magic. A Book About Kilims. Stockholm 1992, no. 48