Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2021 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
    • Lot131
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions225 x 156 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR15,000
    This gorgeous Kazak features the traditional four-and-one Karachov design, a golden yellow main border with a leaf-and-calyx vine and two minor borders of reciprocal trefoils in white and red. A comparison of the green-ground Karachovs shows that there are various sub-groups which differ in ornamentation and palette, so they were probably woven in different villages. In this example with a bottle-green field, the white octagonal central motif embedded in a dotted square is placed slightly above the field centre. It is surrounded on all sides by 22 hooked diamonds. – Slight signs of age and wear, somewhat low spots in the pile, original finishes all around, good overall condition.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 61, 15 November 2003, lot 60; A 97, Zaleski Collection, 30 November 2019, lot 70

    • Lot132
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions152 x 120 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,800
    This rare Afshar, which could be used as a sofreh, was probably made for a high-ranking person. Its outstanding quality would suggest this. It is extraordinarily fine in weave, the closely shorn pile is of the finest wool, and the colours are rich and luminous. The empty midnight blue field is notched on each side by two acute-angled triangles with dense hermetic designs which are linked by a pole. Creating a dynamic effect, the composition is well known from other Afshar and Khamseh rugs and frequently seen in Fars kilims. The configuration of the border section is highly unusual, with an empty central band in the deep ground colour of the field and intersections of the yellow secondary borders in the corners. Herrmann published the rug in 1992. His description throws an entirely new light on the iconography of the design. Purchased by the collector at Eberhart Herrmann’s Munich gallery in 1993. – Small repiled sections in the field, the two upper corners are restored, otherwise in very good condition.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 4. Munich 1992, no. 78

    • Lot133
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions214 x 166 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR16,000
    The village population of Transcaucasia showed great persistence in adhering to their traditional rug designs. This continuity only ended with the social upheavals in the wake of the Russian Revolution. So-called "Pinwheel" Kazaks, featuring a distinctive design of eponymous steel blue forms decorated with spirals that suggest a rotary movement, green abstract dragons decorated with crescents and white rosettes, were woven throughout the 19th century as well as the early 20th century. However, only a very few examples were known until ca. 1980, which is why this Kazak type was considered particularly rare. The fact that this rug group is actually far larger only became evident after the end of the Soviet Union and the subsequent opening of the borders. – Signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile, a number of reknotted areas.

    McMULLAN, JOSEPH V., Islamic Carpets. New York 1965, no. 53 *** KIRCHHEIM, E. HEINRICH, Orient Stars. Stuttgart & London 1993, no. 16 *** SPUHLER, FRIEDRICH, Die Orientteppiche im Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin. Munich 1987, no. 108 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 3. Munich 1991, no. 17

  • Shahsavan Bag Face

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    • Lot134
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions55 x 51 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    This face of a khorjin half is very finely woven in the sumakh technique that brings out the design in razor-sharp detail. The field design consists of three horizontal panels: the central panel shows reciprocal hooked diamonds while the upper and lower panels display so-called eagle motifs. Very good colours. Reinisch has published a complete double bag of the same group. – Slight signs of wear, both lower corners damaged, otherwise in good condition.

    REINISCH, HELMUT, Satteltaschen. Graz 1985, no. 25 *** OPIE, JAMES, Tribal Rugs. Portland 1992, ill. 14.10, p. 258 *** HEGENBART, HEINZ, Seltene Webtaschen aus dem Orient. Munich 1982, pl. 15

  • Akstafa Prayer Rug

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    • Lot135
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Shirvan region
    • Dimensions170 x 104 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,800
    Although the town of Akstafa (now Agstafa) is situated on the border between Georgia and Armenia, so-called Akstafa rugs are attributed to the Shirvan region further to the south east. The midnight blue field displays an ascending design of floral devices and abstract animals beneath a white towering arch. The white main border contains a double vine of highly stylised birds. – Slight signs of age and wear, the original flatwoven selvedges survive, minimally reduced at the top. Good overall condition.
    • Lot136
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Baku region
    • Dimensions279 x 126 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,500
    The city of Salyan on the Kura River is situated in the very south of the Baku region. The rugs woven there during the 19th century are usually of high quality, with a fine and regular weave, red wefts, precisely drawn designs and a rich range of brilliant colours which bring to mind the weavings of the neighbouring Moghan region to the south. Here, seven octagons with a gül-like interior drawing of double hooks lie on the central axis of the red field. Stepped polygons in a chequerboard design, quartered diamonds and a number of blossoms are randomly distributed across the ground. The wide white main border shows large star-shaped blossoms with four diagonal arms bearing buds. – Slight signs of wear, very good condition.
    • Lot137
    • OriginCentral Asia, middle Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions233 x 136 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,700
    The term previously used for this rug group, "cloudband" Beshir, still works for the purposes of communication, although it is an incorrect iconographic interpretation of the red serpentine band-like designs. The figures depicted are clearly snakes. They fill the whole of the field which changes in ground colour between three hues (blue, green and dark brown). The design of the blue-green main border – large rosettes alternating with red diagonal crosses – is rather rare in this type. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, minor repairs, original selvedges.

    PINNER, ROBERT & EILAND, MURRAY L. Jr., Between the Black Desert and the Red. Turkmen Carpets from the Wiedersperg Collection. San Francisco 1999, pl. 90

    • Lot138
    • OriginCentral Asia, middle Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions142 x 106 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,300
    The field comprises a repeat of five vertical bands separated by white and brown-red stripes. The white, V-shaped stripes branching off from these in the horizontal direction run beneath the vertical stripes. In this way the field is divided into 25 compartments that each enclose a large rounded boteh. The design probably derives from Uzbek ikat fabrics. – Very good condition, with the original finishes all around.

    ENGELHARDT, EVA, Teppiche. Die Bilder des Orients. Volume II. Heidelberg 1978, no. 281 *** MOSHKOVA, VALENTINA G. Carpets of the People of Central Asia. Tucson 1996, fig. 142 *** DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L., JR. (eds.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 227 a *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 58, 11 May 2002, lot 29; A 89, 28 May 2016, lot 182

    • Lot139
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions88 x 124 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    In this chuval, the light red and white sections of the sixteen primary güls stand out in sharp contrast against the aubergine ground. Erre güls make up the second design layer. In the white main border, ashik designs are separated by pairs of triangles and dividing bars. The eight light red fork-like symbol aligned side by side in the elem are a rare feature. – Damaged edges, torn areas on the left, slightly reduced at the bottom, no back.

    LOGES, WERNER, Turkmenische Teppiche. Munich 1978, no. 60

    • Lot140
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions58 x 118 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR6,500
    Three large Salor güls dominate the field, and six further güls are covered by the horizontal borders, leaving only a small part visible. The secondary güls are cruciform stepped polygons encircled by eight stars. Despite the Salor ornamentation, this very old chuval of outstanding material and aesthetic quality is a work by the Akhal Tekke. Extraordinarily fine in weave (ca. 4000 knots/m²) using the asymmetrical knot open to the right, it has a slightly depressed structure and a cloth-like handle. The shade of red seen in the field is characteristic of Tekke weavings and differs from the red used by the Salor. The kochanak hook motifs of the main border are drawn in a different style and less closely spaced in Salor chuvals. Various design details are knotted in precious ruby silk yarn. Seeing that neither the upper finish nor the elem have survived, we can only speculate on the original dimensions of this chuval. It probably measured some 85 cm in height and 130 cm in width, so its size would have been almost the same as a Salor chuval. – Obvious signs of age and wear, reduced all around, a number of missing areas, tears and old repairs.

    LOGES, WERNER, Turkmenische Teppiche. Munich 1978, no. 9 *** MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington 1980, no. 31 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 62, 15 May 2004, lot 25