Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

252 Lots
  • Yomut Ensi

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    • Lot201
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions180 x 127 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,300 - 3,000

    An antique Yomut door rug presenting a spaciously conceived hatchlu design, a wide three-band border and a double elem. A fine weave, very good colours. An ensi probably woven by the same Yomut sub-group has been published by Benardout. – The sides have been cut and joined to a new cord that is stitched on too tightly, thus the rug is sinuous. Low spots in the pile, both ends somewhat reduced.

    BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Woven Stars. Los Angeles 1996, no. 58

    • Lot202
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions263 x 115 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000 - 3,800

    The dark blue field is covered in a widely spaced repeat of two-dimensional botehs with strongly accentuated outlines and a diagonal cruciform flower at their centres. The botehs are arranged in offset rows that regularly change direction, with further diagonal  cruciform flowers placed between them. Another example of this comparatively rare group has been published in an American exhibition catalogue, where it is described as a "Saliani" Karabagh. – Good condition, the original selvedges survive but have been repaired in places.

    KESHISHIAN, HAROLD M. (ed.), The Treasure of the Caucasus. Rugs from American Collections. Washington 1992, pl. 19

    • Lot203
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh
    • Dimensions204 x 120 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000 - 8,000

    Two large sunburst medallions take up most of the brown-red field, with only one row of palmettes added to the design at each end. Despite the fact that the rug has red wefts, it is probably not a Kazak because the narrow main border is a characteristic feature of Karabagh. Excellent quality wool, brilliant colours. – Very good condition.

  • Qashqa’i Khorjin

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    • Lot204
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions236 x 66 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000 - 3,000

    The double bags woven by the Qashqa’i nomads were usually cut up before they came on the market because the separate halves were easier to sell. Completely preserved examples like this very beautiful khorjin with knotted faces and red kilim backs are rarities. – Good condition, no longer joined at the sides.

  • Bijar Garrus Vagireh

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    • Lot205
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions246 x 175 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR22,000 - 25,000

    Vagirehs are rug samplers that display various options for field and border designs at their original scale. They were used to show clients the designs that a workshop was able to produce. Far more vagirehs from Kurdistan have survived than from any other Persian area. – This gorgeous Bijar vagireh woven in a large rug format is from the Garrus region. A spacious Harshang design drawn in the Kurdish style covers the white field, which terminates in a steep gable at each end. The midnight blue spandrels are patterned with blossoms and shrubs. Characteristic of Garrus, the light green main border with red palmettes and arabesques as well as convoluted yellow bands is placed on the right-hand side. Two other border designs are depicted on a red ground on the left and at the lower end. – Slight signs of age and wear, good condition.

  • Shahsavan Khorjin

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    • Lot206
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan-Savalan
    • Dimensions114 x 53 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800 - 2,400

    This sumakh khorjin was woven by a Shahsavan nomad tribal group living in the Moghan-Savalan region. It is one of the examples with the "arrow gül" design, a name derived from the red primary motif with a gül centre and four arms ending in arrowheads. Frauenknecht has published a comparative example with a similar border. – The two halves of the double bag are very well preserved and retain their original kilim backs, but they were separated at some point in time. The striped kilim connecting panel now present is not the original condition.

    FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Schahsavan Sumakh Taschen. Fürth 1993, ill. 16

  • Şarköy Kilim

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    • Lot207
    • OriginSouth East Europe, Bulgaria
    • Dimensions157 x 104 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR600 - 750

    A small-format Şarköy kilim with a geometric design of four sets of serrated nested diamonds in the narrow light brown field and stars in the wide red-brown border. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    BÖHNLEIN, KLAUS, The Mystery of Şharköy. In: Oriental Carpet & Textile Studies I, London 1985, p. 213, ill. 2 *** ÖLÇER, NAZAN, Museum Of Turkish And Islamic Art: KILIMS. Istanbul 1989, pl. 79

  • Khorasan Fragment

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    • Lot208
    • OriginNorth East Persia
    • Dimensions294 x 142 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR2,200 - 2,700

    This fragment of a blue-ground blossom rug with a Harshang field design and a wide white palmette border is the lower right corner of a carpet woven in the kelleh format and originally far larger in size. The style of drawing suggests an 18th century date. – Many old repairs, obvious signs of age and wear, very low pile in most parts. Backed with canvas.

  • Caucasian Shadda

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    • Lot209
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions222 x 185 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600 - 4,500

    This cover with an abstract geometric design of woven diamonds and flat hexagons belongs to a small group with a three-coloured warp in yellow, blue and red. The use of wefts dyed in analogous colours results in a three-coloured division of the surface. The wide red centre is bordered by two lateral blue bands that appear like columns. Their deeply incised horizontal parmakli outlines interlock both the red central field and the two yellow outer bands. Tiny embroidered motifs have been added in some places only. – A number of rewoven areas along both sides, good overall condition.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 99, 5 December 2020, lot 53

  • Lakai Embroidery

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    • Lot210
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions64 x 64 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200 - 1,500

    A small silk embroidery by the Lakai tribes featuring five circular motifs and four hook forms placed between them. The design is very finely embroidered in the yurma chain stitch on a red wool fabric foundation. Among the Lakai, these square embroideries are known as "at torba ilgich". – Small stains, the original decorative fringe has survived all around, but is missing at the two upper corners.

    FITZ GIBBON, KATE / HALE, ANDREW, Uzbek Embroidery. In the Nomadic Tradition. The Jack A. and Aviva Robinson Collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Minneapolis 2007, nos. 224-259.66, p. 178