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Single Owner Auction - The Kossow Collection

Saturday 26. March 2011 at 3 p.m.

201 Lots

The Kossow Collection

In 1963 the Kossow family began to compile one of the most comprehensive collections of South West Persian tribal rugs in existence, and possibly the most important one in private hands. This thematic collection is published here for the first time. … more

  • Shahsavan Horse Cover

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    • Lot1
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions159 x 120 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR950
    A yellow-ground Shahsavan horse cover woven in one piece, with a design in sumakh technique on a kilim ground. Small rectangles, each decorated with two arrows, have been arranged into vertical rows in the field. The border consists of two panels of interlocking S-forms. – Good condition.
  • Shahsavan Mafrash Narrow Panels (2)

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    • Lot2
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Mianeh region
    • Dimensionsa= 51x57 cm, b= 48x61 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EURno reserve
    Two narrow panels of a kilim mafrash of identical design, with a border of brocaded ornaments along the top edge. The red-ground fields each display an oversized white hexagon notched at the sides enclosing a gül-like diamond decorated with long hooks. – The lower end is probably missing the border, otherwise in good condition.
  • Qashqa’i Horse Cover, Amaleh Tribe

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    • Lot3
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions143 x 130 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    A horse cover by the Amaleh tribe composed of two panels, with a warp-faced kilim ground and a design woven in sumakh technique. Two large lions holding swords (the Persian national symbol), a human figure and twelve four-legged animals stand freely on the white ground. – Slight signs of wear.
  • Qashqa’i Bag Face, Safi Khani Tribe

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    • Lot4
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions47 x 49 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    A bag face by the Safi Khani tribe; the pistachio coloured field is decorated with a central octagon enclosing a slanting, red solid cross. Four hooked diamonds adorn the corners; the narrow border contains reciprocal hooked designs. – Newly overcast sides, otherwise well preserved.

    Literature:
    PARHAM, CYRUS & AZADI, SIAVOSH, Tribal and Village Rugs from Fars. Tehran 1992. Vol. 2 (Persian edition), ill. p. 17

  • Qashqa’i Decorative Band

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    • Lot5
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions158 x 32 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR150
    A decorative band with a brilliant orange kilim ground. The narrow border and horizontal stripes dividing the band into segments are pile-woven, as are the blossoms in some of the segments. Good condition.
  • Khamseh, Arabi Tribes

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    • Lot6
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions234 x 170 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,300
    The midnight blue field is narrowed to a design bar by red trapeze shapes placed along the sides. Three white-ground diamonds with a cruciform interior drawing have been linked in a pole-like arrangement along the central axis. The rug design is decidedly narrative in character: there is a striking number of animal representations in the field, as well as four horsemen on white saddled horses. In the white-ground main border we see a human chain of 45 men and women. – Both ends somewhat reduced, newly overcast sides. Low pile, small repiled areas.

    Literature:
    OPIE, JAMES, Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia. Portland 1981, pl. p. 101

  • Luri Bag, Boyer Ahmadi Tribe

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    • Lot7
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions48 x 50 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000
    A rare Luri bag in mixed technique, with some flatwoven and some pile-woven sections. The (flatwoven) field displays nine knotted flowers; the border shows a knotted design of diagonal stripes. The bag is probably half of a khorjin. The back has survived. – Slight signs of wear.
    • Lot8
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions56 x 33 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR950
    A flatwoven Qashqa’i bag in miniature format, its white-ground field densely patterned in small, dark blue diamonds containing tiny red S-forms that probably symbolise stylised mythological animals. Due to the use of cotton yarn, the lower section of the field appears distinctly lighter than the yellow wool ground above it. A plain red kilim back framed by a yellow-green serrated band. – Small rewoven sections, several repairs.

    Literature:
    LANDREAU, ANTHONY N. & PICKERING, W. R., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1969, no. 92 *** THOMPSON, JON, Timbuktu to Tibet. Exotic Rugs & Textiles From New York Collections. New York 2008, fig. 50

  • Qashqa’i Decorative Band

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    • Lot9
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions174 x 25 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR150
    The white flatwoven ground displays a design of human figures, amulets and diamonds symmetrically arranged around the centre; the motifs are pile-woven to produce a relief-like effect. Three and two quadrupeds respectively are woven in sumakh technique at the ends. – Slight signs of wear.
    • Lot10
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions55 x 56 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR850
    This Qashqa’i bag face originally belonged to a khorjin. The midnight blue field is entirely filled by a large, blazing red diamond with a reciprocal hooked outline of birds’ heads and a rosette surrounded by small flowers in each corner. The narrow white-ground main border shows the vine of stylised birds that is so characteristic of Qashqa’i bags. - The closure band is preserved at the top, remains of a kilim finish survive at the bottom. Slight signs of wear.