Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

252 Lots
  • Shadda with Camel Caravans

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    • Lot41
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh
    • Dimensions220 x 224 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,400 - 5,000

    This large two-piece cover depicting camel caravans was woven in the southern Caucasus. The question of whether it was produced by Azeri, local Shahsavan or other tribal groups is yet to be resolved. It is a slitless tabby weaving on red and dark blue warps using wefts dyed in analogous colours. In the places where the two colours meet the surfaces acquire a purple sheen. The design is woven in the sumakh technique. Four camel caravans traverse the field from left to right, and the same theme appears in the wide blue border. Two panels are striking in that each of the large camels is always followed by a small one. – Good condition.

    SABAHI, TAHER, Kilim. Tappeti piani del Caucaso. Novara 1990, p. 154 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche X. Munich 1988, no. 47 *** GEWERBEMUSEUM BASEL (publ.), Alte Teppiche aus dem Orient. Basel 1980, ill. p. 61 *** LANDREAU, ANTHONY N. & PICKERING, W.R., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1969, no. 98

  • Armenian Kazak

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    • Lot42
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh
    • Dimensions311 x 146 cm
    • Agedated 1896
    • Estimate EUR3,500 - 4,500

    The three-row Memling gül design in the red field displays a somewhat rigid style of drawing and a choice of colours that differs greatly from other Caucasian rugs using the same ornamentation. This phenomenon is explained by the fact that this is an Armenian weaving. An Armenian inscription at the upper end stating the year of production, "1896", extends across the whole width of the field. – Minor repairs, somewhat reduced upper finish, otherwise well preserved.

  • Dragon Sumakh

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    • Lot43
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba
    • Dimensions311 x 188 cm
    • Agedated 1286 AH = 1870 AD
    • Estimate EUR4,000 - 5,000

    Since dragon design sumakhs are frequently dated, they are easier to classify chronologically than other Caucasian flatweaves. In addition, the dates allow us to trace the development of the design in the 19th century. A striking fact is its amazing consistency until the dawn of the 20th century. However, there are wide variations in the border designs. Dated "1870", this example has the same border design as the dragon sumakh published by Boralevi, dated "1873". – Signs of age and wear, a number of restored areas, replaced selvedges.

    BORALEVI, ALBERTO, Sumakh. Flat-Woven carpets of the Caucasus. Florence 1986, no. 1

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 38, 15 May 1993, lot 94

  • Rasht Embroidery

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    • Lot44
    • OriginNorth Persia, Gilan
    • Dimensions312 x 156 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500 - 4,500

    The North Persian port town of Rasht on the Caspian Sea looks back on a long tradition of producing elaborate embroideries. Their designs were embroidered in silk yarn on a patchwork foundation of wool flannel in changing colours. In this splendid example drawn with great precision, the field design consists of large red-ground cartouches with curved outlines which each contain four circles filled with red roses. Convoluted vines decorated with blossoms hermetically cover the ground. This large embroidery was used either as a cover or as a hanging. – Very good condition. An additional red design band which constitutes the finish at both ends has been folded back and stitched to the reverse, so it is not visible in the illustration.

    • Lot45
    • OriginCentral Caucasus
    • Dimensions267 x 109 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800 - 6,000

    The designs of Genje rugs are heterogeneous  and frequently influenced by other regions. In this very finely woven example, the narrow central field is filled with diagonal stripes in the style of Shirvan carpets. The wide five-band border resembles Karabagh weavings in ornamentation and palette. – Repiled lower finish, new overcasting along the sides, good overall condition with a high pile.

    • Lot46
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions221 x 123 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000 - 2,500

    Three large diamonds with serrated outlines are aligned on the central axis of the blazing red field, each enclosing a cruciform floral cluster. Analogous devices are offset against them along the sides. The white main border displays a geometrically stylised vine with flowers in diverse colours. A comparative example with an Armenian inscription and the date 1886 is in the History Museum of Armenia in Yerevan. – Slight signs of age and wear, two short stitched vertical tears, replaced selvedges.

    KERIMOW, LJATIF, et al., Kaukasische Teppiche. Leningrad 1984, no. 87

  • Sauj Bulag

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    • Lot47
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions221 x 141 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,000 - 12,000

    This Kurdish rug featuring a garden design was woven in the mountainous region surrounding Lake Urmia. The group is known as Sauj Bulag, a name derived from their old trading centre. A large tree decorated with palmettes, serrated diamonds and leaves constitutes the central axis of the mirror-image composition; the lateral spaces contain octagons and large cartouches. Drawn in brilliant and diverse colours, the designs stand out like reliefs from the corroded dark brown ground of the field. The yellow main border is embellished with a leaf and calyx vine. – Slight signs of age and wear, corroded brown, original finishes all around.

    • Lot48
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions378 x 300 cm
    • Ageca. 1900
    • Estimate EUR12,000 - 15,000

    Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile, new overcasting along the sides, slightly reduced ends.

  • Kurdish Rug

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    • Lot49
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions225 x 129 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500 - 3,500

    This Kurdish rug is a weaving by the Shakak tribe who lived in the area north west of Lake Urmia. A dense tile design of large diamonds covers the dark brown field. According to Eagleton's research, the spider-like gül within the diamonds is a favourite motif of the Shakak tribe. The white main border is decorated with large bold crosses. Burns illustrates an even older example of the group. – Signs of age and wear, one crease, damaged ends, selvedges in need of repair.

    EAGLETON, WILLIAM, An Introduction to Kurdish Rugs and other Weavings. New York 1988, pls. 7 & 8 *** BURNS, JAMES D., Antique Rugs of Kurdistan. London 2002, no. 64, p. 202

    • Lot50
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Guchan
    • Dimensions321 x 158 cm
    • Agefirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000 - 3,700

    Except for slight damage to the two end finishes, this expressive Kurdish rug woven in the Darreh Gaz region north east of Guchan is very well preserved.

    STANZER, WILFRIED, Kordi. Leben. Knüpfen. Weben der Kurden Khorasans. Kollektion Adil Besim. Vienna 1988, ill. p. 71