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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 23. May 2009 at 3 p.m.

260 Lots
  • Konya Kilim

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    • Lot251
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions424 x 157 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    A white-ground kilim in two panels of unequal length, but woven with a symmetrical concept in mind, with nested, serrated hexagons placed along the central axis and wide blue framing bands decorated with double hooks along the sides. As one panel is shorter, the designs do not fit together at the bottom. This phenomenon is often encountered in large tribal kilims and explained by the fact that the two panels were not woven simultaneously, but in succession. The kilim is captivating for its brilliant colours and the seemingly archaic design.

    Literature:
    BRÜGGEMANN, WERNER, Yayla. Form und Farbe in türkischer Textilkunst. Frankfurt 1993, no. 63

    • Lot252
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions221 x 159 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    A red bar composed of three rectangular compartments encloses a central hooked diamond in the green field. Large double hooks placed on the green ground frame the three rectangles like a border. They also adorn the white-ground main border, which is accompanied by two reciprocal trefoil borders. This rare Kazak, coarsely woven in light colours and of archaic appearance, cannot be attributed to any of the known groups. – Conspicuous signs of age and wear, several rewoven areas. The original side finishes and tied-off warp threads at the upper end survive, the lower finish is minimally reduced.
  • Daghestan Prayer Rug

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    • Lot253
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions157 x 100 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    A white-ground prayer rug with a diamond lattice of serrated leaves enclosing flowering plants. The mihrab, woven in a strikingly wide shape and with a flat upper curve, is placed at the very top of the field. The red-ground main border shows birds drawn as abstract “S” shaped chevrons. – Replaced sides, both ends somewhat reduced, uniformly low pile.
    • Lot254
    • OriginMorocco
    • Dimensions319 x 202 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500
    A Rabat carpet with a large, upside down mihrab embedded in a dense pattern of Ottoman designs. – Both ends rewoven, replaced selvedges on the left and right. Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile, several repairs.

    Literature:
    RICARD, PROSPER, Corpus des Tapis Marocains. Paris 1923, vol. 1, pl. 23

  • Afshar Khorjin

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    • Lot255
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kirman region
    • Dimensionsa=57x67cm, b=58x65cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,200
    Two halves of a khorjin with pile-woven faces, the connecting panel that once joined them is missing. The dark blue ground shows a repeat of red and white, rounded botehs arranged in offset rows, alternatively pointing to the left and right and placed inside a loose lattice of red branches. The small, white-ground border is adorned with a vine of serrated green leaves and red blossoms. The closure bands are elaborately woven in a herringbone design executed in fine sumakh technique. The back is a brown kilim. – Good condition.
  • Persian Textile Fragment

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    • Lot256
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kirman region
    • Dimensions106 x 44 cm
    • Age19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,400
    Fragment of a weaving of abstract design, with horizontal stripes in dark brown, cherry red, blue, yellow and light green embroidered in small flowers. Such colourful textiles are associated with the Zoroastrian cult. This weaving was thus probably made in Yazd, an old town north of Kerman, where the Zoroastrian religion persisted into the 19th century.
  • Shahsavan Sumakh Bag Face

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    • Lot257
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Khamseh region
    • Dimensions57 x 61 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR850
    This sumakh bag face by the Khamseh Shahsavan was once part of khorjin. The dark blue field shows hooked diamonds placed in offset rows, while octagons adorn the red border. – Reselvedged, the back is missing.
    • Lot258
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba region
    • Dimensions70 x 73 cm
    • Ageca. 1900
    • Estimate EUR800
    Always of high quality, carpets of this kind are called “Herat Perepedil” on account of their Persian Herati design. According to Kerimov, they were made in the village of Perepedil south west of Kuba (now Divichi). The example offered here is one of the rare sample carpets from the Caucasus – pieces for demonstration to potential clients showing sections of field designs and secondary borders only, but drawn to the correct scale. – Very well preserved, including the kilim finishes.

    Literature:
    SPUHLER, FRIEDRICH, KÖNIG, HANS & VOLKMANN, MARTIN, Alte Orientteppiche. Meisterstücke aus deutschen Privatsammlungen. Munich 1978, no. 65 *** KERIMOV, LJATIF, et al., Rugs & Carpets from the Caucasus. The Russian Collections. Leningrad 1984, no. 21

  • Luri Bakhtiari Khorjin

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    • Lot259
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions142 x 97 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200
    A large flat-woven khorjin by the Luri Bakhtiari tribes, made in double weft interlocking technique to avoid slits and thus produce a resilient weaving ideal for a cargo bag. The archaic, simple design of the two bag faces, executed on a large scale, consists of two hooked diamonds on a red ground, surrounded by a wide border of reciprocal trefoils. The connecting panel is pile-woven. – Completely preserved, in good condition.
  • Afshar Bag Face

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    • Lot260
    • OriginNorth Persia, Varamin region
    • Dimensions60 x 84 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR350
    An oversized red medallion, its serrated outline decorated with arrowheads, has been placed in the blue field. The flat-woven strip studded with small flowers at the lower end suggests that this bag face was made by the Afshari of the Varamin area. – Good condition, with the flat-woven closure band at the top.