Major Spring Auktion

Saturday 25. May 2019 at 3 p.m.

253 Lots
    • Lot151
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions138 x 53 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    A complete double bag woven by the Shahsavan of the Hashtrud-Mianeh region. The wide, midnight blue horizontal stripes containing rows of hexagons in diverse colours with stepped outlines, the polychrome closure bands and the connecting panel are all woven in the kilim technique. The patterned dividing stripes inserted between them are very finely woven in the sumakh technique. The kilim back shows dark brown and ochre horizontal stripes. A rare and high-quality collector’s piece in very beautiful colours. – Good condition.
    • Lot152
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions216 x 91 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000
    Four huge Memling güls within octagonal surrounds take up almost the whole of the midnight blue field. The free spaces at their sides are densely patterned in small decorative motifs. The border section is composed of three bands almost equal in width, with stars aligned in a row in the central white-ground border. – Several repaired and repiled sections, partially reselvedged, good overall condition.
    • Lot153
    • OriginNorth Persia, Varamin region
    • Dimensions347 x 191 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    A large single-panel kilim woven in the Varamin area south of Tehran, where different ethnic groups have coexisted peacefully since the 19th century. This example in the distinctive dark colours, with a design of horizontal stripes which vary in width and design, is probably a Shahsavan weaving. – Very good condition.

    TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Shahsavan. Flachgewebe aus dem Iran. Herford 1985, no. 1

    • Lot154
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions202 x 130 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    The dark blue field features a tree design strictly symmetrical in composition and with an emphasis on the central axis; the red border is decorated with syrga motifs. The "Bid Majnun" design of weeping willows, poplars and cypress trees originated in Khorasan and spread all over Persia as early as the 18th century. It is rather rare in Luri rugs and far more common among their neighbours in western Central Persia, the Bakhtiari. – Good condition.

    COLLINS, JOHN J., Flowers of the Desert. Newburyport 1989, pl. 23

    • Lot155
    • OriginWestern Central Anatolia
    • Dimensions249 x 148 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    In this red-ground zili (formerly known as cicim) composed of two panels, bold white hooked diamonds alternate with smaller diamonds inserted between them. It is probably a weaving by a Karakecili tribe who lived in the foothills of the Sultan Dagh mountains. – Original finishes all around, very good condition.
    • Lot156
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions127 x 53 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    A completely preserved double bag woven in the slit tapestry technique. The dark blue faces present a repeat of offset rows of diamonds in diverse colours with stepped outlines which are divided horizontally along their centres. The border shows red-and-white reciprocal hooks. The backs are plain brown kilims. – Original finishes all around, very good condition.
    • Lot157
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions178 x 114 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    This small Turkmen rug in the ensi format was probably woven by the Kizil Ayak. The field design of fourteen horizontal stripes, separated by narrow arrow borders and each containing seven house-like shapes, presents a mystery as regards its iconography. It has only been encountered in a very few other examples. Are they representations of prayer niches or possibly tents? Elmby has published an almost identical ensi. – New overcasting along the sides, otherwise well preserved, including the kilim ends.

    ELMBY, HANS, Antikke Turkmenske Tæpper IV. Antique Turkmen Rugs Kopenhagen 1998, no. 51

    • Lot158
    • OriginCentral Asia, middle Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions171 x 134 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    A rare ensi by the Kizil Ayak tribe presenting the hatchlu cross design. The four segments of the field contain finely and regularly drawn insi kush abstract birds; the centre dividing panel is unusually wide, with an interior decoration of hooked diamonds surrounded by a lattice; and the blue vertical bar has been designed as a tree with abstract animals along its sides. The large offset hooked diamonds seen in the frieze below the field are characteristic motifs of Kizil Ayak ensis. A parallel piece was exhibited at the ICOC in Washington, DC, in 2003. – Several repaired areas in the lower section, good overall condition, the original wide, flatwoven selvedges are preserved.

    EILAND JR., MURRAY L.(ed.), A World Of Oriental Carpets & Textiles. Exhibitions at the 10th International Conference on Oriental Carpets. Washington, D.C. 2003, fig. 14, p. 181 *** TSAREVA, ELENA, Turkmen Carpets. Masterpieces of Steppe Art, from 16th to

    • Lot159
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions288 x 232 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR44,000
    This Salor main carpet shows a classic design of five x twelve primary güls of the clover leaf type, octagonal secondary güls and a border of small cassettes enclosing stepped polygons. It was probably woven between 1820 and 1840 in the Merv oasis, where a large Salor tribal group lived at the time before being driven out by enemy Turkmen tribes. In structure, it differs from Salor rugs of the so-called "S-group" in its use of the asymmetrical knot open to the right. The compositions and ornamentation of Salor main carpets are more consistent than those of any other tribal group. Our date was established by stylistic observations. The güls of Salor main carpets woven before 1800 are often almost circular, whereas their shape approaches an oval in later examples. The well-preserved pile enhances the rich glow of the colours, and the unique red of the field – a particular hue only encountered in Salor rugs – holds a great fascination for any connoisseur of Turkmen weaving. The ruby sections in the gül interiors are woven in silk yarn and heavily corroded. The dyestuff used in these is the insect dye lac. – The premise that the technically refined Salor main carpets were made in tribal workshop is now increasingly gaining currency. They always carried great prestige throughout Central Asia, and it appears that they were sometimes made for sale or even on commission. – Small rewoven areas, new overcasting along the sides. At the exact centre of the field there is a tear some 130 centimetres long which has now been stitched. Several rows of knots are missing in this area.

    GROTE-HASENBALG, WERNER, Der Orientteppich. Seine Geschichte und seine Kultur. Berlin 1922, vol. 3, pl. 93 *** McMULLAN, JOSEPH V., Islamic Carpets. New York 1965, no. 124 *** TZAREVA, ELENA, Teppiche aus Mittelasien und Kasachstan. Leningrad 1984, no. 3

    • Lot160
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions216 x 134 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,400
    A further Kazak of this group has been published by Tschebull. – Repiled sides and ends, various restored areas, now in good condition.

    TSCHEBULL, RAOUL, Kazak. Carpets of the Caucasus. New York 1971, pl. 8