Major Autumn Auction
Saturday 05. December 2020 at 3 p.m.
Half of a large kilim originally in two panels. The field and border are interlocked as well as separated by a band of double-sided parmakli devices. The width of the border and the large scale of its motifs are highly unusual features. The fine weave, meticulous drawing and excellent quality of the colours suggest an early date. – Several missing sections, mounted onto canvas.
- Central Anatolia
- 380 x 90 cm
- Ca. 1800 or older
This rare kilim was woven in a village in the surroundings of Karaman. Originally it was used as a curtain to cover a wall niche, so despite its niche design it did not serve as a prayer rug. Four serrated nested diamonds are aligned on the central axis of the red field, surrounded by small motifs. The inner sides are decorated with parmakli devices. The triangular arch with parmakli outlines in the upper field section is effectively repeated into infinity, using different colours for each iteration. The vertical bands of the border are composed of reciprocal trefoils, also drawn with parmakli outlines. - Very good condition.
- Southern Central Anatolia
- 212 x 122 cm
- Second half 19th century
VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Anatolia. Kilims und andere Flachgewebe aus Anatolien. (Text by Udo Hirsch) Munich 1997, no. 9 = RIPPON BOSWELL, auction 88. Vok Collection, Selection 2, 12/03/2016, lot 175 *** HULL, ALASTAIR & LUCZYC-WYHOWSKA, JOSE, Kilim. The Complete Guide. London 1993, no. 323
This red-ground single-panel kilim is a very rare example; there is no immediately comparable piece in literature. The style of drawing of the massive designs and the colour scheme indicate that it is Kurdish piece, probably from the East Anatolian Van-Hakkari region. A woven water jug placed at the right-hand side allows us to determine the direction of the weave. The field design begins with a row of five elongated diamonds. Then there is a complete change of design. Two rows of block-like sections take up almost the whole of the field; each contains a nested diamond surrounded by a double ring of parmakli outlines extending far to the sides. Hooked diamonds aligned between them on the central axis fill the free spaces between the blocks. The sheer size of the kilim means it must have been woven on a vertical loom, thus it is a village weaving rather than a nomad piece. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.
- East Anatolia, Van-Hakkari region
- 348 x 216 cm
- Mid 19th century
BALPINAR, BELKIS & HIRSCH, UDO, Flachgewebe des Vakiflar-Museums Istanbul. Wesel 1982, pl. 82
A small and very finely woven Hereke silk rug. The flatwoven golden ground of the shield-shaped field ending in an upper arch consists of metal-wrapped threads from which the floral motifs of the tree design stand out in relief. The white spandrels are embellished with green vines. The light blue main border shows a vine of rosettes, palmettes and sickle leaves drawn in the Ottoman style; the delicate stems bear hyacinth blossoms. – Very good condition.
- North West Turkey
- 117 x 75 cm
- First half 20th century
A number of repiled and repaired areas, slight signs of wear, well-preserved pile. Heavy corrosion in the brown sections.
- South West Anatolia, Antalya region
- 138 x 111 cm
- Late 19th century
TURKISH REPUBLIC MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM (publ.), Turkish Handwoven Carpets. Catalog no: 2. Ankara 1988, 0137
The golden yellow field presents a central blossom and four bats in the corners. The rosewood border shows yellow vines and lotus flowers in white and red. This small rug once belonged to one of the long bench runners woven in Ningxia for Tibetan monasteries. – Good condition.
- West China
- 55 x 63 cm
- First half 19th century
A Shahsavan mafrash side panel, finely woven in the sumakh technique. The wide central panel contains three large, nested hooked diamonds and diamonds offset against them which are cut by the border. – Good condition.
- North West Persia, Azerbaijan
- 50 x 106 cm
- Second half 19th century
A very rare Chodor trapping. The field, the wide, undecorated outer stripe and every second compartment of the border are woven in the same reddish fawn ground colour so that the design appears light and transparent. Three large asymmetric güls with serrated outlines and two vertical points, each enclosing a star and the characteristic Chodor vines, are aligned on the horizontal central axis. They are flanked by short diagonal stems bearing small blossoms. Eight alternately light red and white ertmen güls with abstract birds are offset against them. Truncated by the border, they appear as halved forms. The 62 flowers drawn in a distinctive style in the cassette border are only encountered in Chodor weavings. – This jollar deviates from the almost obligatory design principle of Turkmen rugs – primary güls and smaller secondary güls – in that both gül types are equivalent here. It is exceptionally fine in weave and probably belongs to the P-Chodor group. Another P-Chodor jollar was exhibited in Hamburg in 1993, but differs in field design. The same asymmetric güls can be found in two chuvals in American collections (Ellis in “Turkmen“ and Munkacsi in “Atlantic Collections”). – Both sides minimally reduced and newly overcast, original upper and lower finishes, the kilim back has not survived. Good condition.
- Central Asia, West Turkestan, Mangyshlak region
- 57 x 152 cm
- Early 19th century
HAMBURGISCHES MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE (publ.), Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Die Kultur der turkmenischen Nomadenstämme Zentralasiens. Hamburg 1993, no. 87 *** MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington 1980, no. 52 *** DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L. JR. (eds.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 206
This "Lotto" design carpet was probably produced in the Bucharest workshop of the Romanian master forger, Teodor Tuduc. The spaciously conceived, grid-like field design drawn in the Anatolian style may have been modelled on a "Lotto" carpet (17th century) in the Protestant church of Harman (inv. 19, see below). The main border drawing of red cartouches on a dark blue ground is based on different models. – Good condition.
- South East Europe, Romania
- 188 x 126 cm
- Ca. 1930
IONESCU, STEFANO (ed.), Die osmanischen Teppiche in Siebenbürgen. Rome 2006, p. 92, cat. 92
A saddle bottom composed of two trapezoid halves joined at the centre. In the light brown fields, a floral medallion is surrounded by small, so-called “seven-finger pine” motifs and floral stems. The dark blue main border presents blossoms within a diamond lattice. – Good condition, backed with a blue fabric, trimmed with red felt.
- Central Asia, South Tibet
- 135 x 66 cm
- Ca. 1900