Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2021 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
  • Afshar Saddle Cover

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    • Lot141
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions96 x 88 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,600
    A pile-woven saddle cover with a trapezoid upper end. A flowering vase stands at the centre of the cream field, with four diagonal, rose-coloured flowers and five birds arranged around it. The edges of the sickle-shaped opening for the pommel are still trimmed with the original leather. A beautiful weaving by sedentary Afshars of the Zeydabad region. – Very good condition.
  • Göklen Jolami Fragment

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    • Lot142
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Turkestan
    • Dimensions631 x 24 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    The Göklen, to whom the "Eagle Group" rugs are also attributed, lived in the border area between South West Turkestan and North East Persia. Only a very few of their tent bands have survived. The fragment offered here constitutes approximately half of an originally much longer band (some 14 metres). Always very finely woven, the narrow jolamis of the Göklen are easily identified by their particular ornamentation and their deep luminous colours. The cruciform motifs decorated with hooks in particular are one of their distinctive features. These decorative bands conveyed a tribal symbolism whose meaning was understood by the tribe, but remains shrouded in mystery to us. Highly prestigious objects, they were hung on the inner sides of the tent on special occasions so that their continuous designs could be displayed in their entire length. – Very good condition.

    HAMBURGISCHES MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE (publ.), Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Die Kultur der turkmenischen Nomadenstämme Zentralasiens. Hamburg 1993, nos. 33, 43 *** ISAACSON, RICHARD, Architectural Textiles: Tent Bands of Central Asia. Washington, DC. 2007, nos. 5, 6 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 1. Munich 1989, no. 48 a

    • Lot143
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Baku region
    • Dimensions302 x 156 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    This finely woven kilim presenting horizontal stripes of varying widths in mellow harmonious colours is probably a product of the Tat tribes who lived in the Baku region and the Absheron Peninsula. Stripes patterned with slanting red and white rhomboids and stripes of reciprocal stepped triangles alternate with monochrome undecorated bands. Such covers are called "pallas" by the Tat. – Very good condition.
    • Lot144
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions292 x 141 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    The midnight blue field of this rare Baku rug is filled with three parallel rows of hooked diamonds containing either a rosette or a small diamond in a chequerboard design as well as distinctive cruciform hooked devices with a striking interior dot design. – Slight signs of age and wear, both ends minimally reduced, original red selvedges.
  • Talish Mafrash Side Panel

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    • Lot145
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions49 x 83 cm
    • AgeDated 1315 AH = 1898 AD
    • Estimate EUR2,000
    This very rare knotted mafrash face shows blossoms in varying shapes and sizes on a midnight blue ground. The style of drawing of the designs suggests a provenance in the Talish region. A date, "1315", appears in the upper right corner. The other three sides of this mafrash were probably woven in the kilim technique. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, cut and rebound sides.
  • Bakhshaish

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    • Lot146
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions183 x 168 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Estimate EUR14,500
    This nearly square rug was published by Herrmann in 1991 and identified as a Bakhshaish. It is obviously a one-off. A huge octagonal medallion with a turquoise ground and a red feathered outline lies at the centre of an empty deep blue field. Reminiscent of Khila rugs, its interior design consists of five rosettes in soft pastel shades and horizontal floral chains which form a grid in the background. The very narrow border with a light blue vine on a light brown ground seems superimposed as the blue field continues beyond it. The description published in AT & T 3 throws an entirely new light on the iconography of the design. Purchased by the collector at Eberhart Herrmann’s gallery, Munich, in 1991. – Slight signs of age and wear, somewhat low spots in the pile, the original finishes survive all around.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 3. Munich 1991, no. 30

    • Lot147
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions352 x 130 cm
    • AgeDated 1293 = 1877
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    This rare Shirvan is woven in a long format in a design emphasising the border. Similar to many Talish rugs, the midnight blue met hane field is an empty space except for small halved polygons projecting inwards from the sides. The date, "1293" placed right at the centre of the field, is therefore all the more conspicuous. – Several repiled sections in the field, both end finishes restored.

    TSCHEBULL, RAOUL E., Qarajeh to Quba. Rugs and Flatweaves from East Azarbayjan and the Transcaucasus. London 2019, no. 51 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VI. Munich 1984, no. 33

    • Lot148
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba region
    • Dimensions301 x 111 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    This blue-ground Zeikhur shows the typical field design of the provenance – four diagonal crosses, here drawn in mid blue with pink highlights. The secondary design consists of flowering stems. Good quality, beautiful colours. – Slight signs of wear, the original flatwoven blue selvedges and original end finishes with the netted warp ends have survived. Good condition.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1976, pl. p. 123 *** BESIM, ADIL (publ.), Mythos und Mystik. Alte und antike Textilkunst. Volume 2. Vienna 1999, no. 28

    • Lot149
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions166 x 132 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,900
    The whole of the red field is taken up by a huge, midnight blue double cross devoid of any interior design, surrounded by a white serrated outline and a green outer border. The only spaces that remain of the field are six rectangles, each enclosing two triangles decorated with double hooks. The wide dark brown border shows a design of kochanak motifs and double hooks. The palette and the structure using black-brown wefts suggest a provenance in the Karabagh region. The design probably derives from an older Kazak type (see example in Bausback). – Signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile, otherwise well preserved.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte und antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1981, pl. p. 27

    • Lot150
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions150 x 116 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,600
    A large dark blue shield motif indented in two places lies on the red ground of the field. Its wide white outline contains an inner serrated band. A row of green sawteeth divides the field from the white main border comprising a leaf and calyx vine. – Slight signs of age and wear, the original selvedges survive.