Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

252 Lots
  • Azeri Shadda

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    • Lot51
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions203 x 177
    • Age19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000 - 2,500

    A two-panel cover woven in the tabby technique on red and blue warps. The open red field, which is empty except for one small white hooked diamond, and the wide, deep blue lateral sections are interlocked by large reciprocal trefoils drawn without any outlines. The narrow border is decorated with hooked diamonds. – Good condition.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, auction 86. Vok Collection. Selection 1, 11 April 2015, lot 15 *** LANDREAU, ANTHONY N. & PICKERING, W.R., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1969, no. 112

    • Lot52
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman
    • Dimensions121 x 97 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,300 - 2,700

    In the second half of the 19th century, several Afshar tribes gave up their nomadic lifestyle and began to settle in villages in the wider Kerman area. This very pretty example was woven in a village workshop. A luxuriantly flowering shrub grows from a vase that stands alone in the field; its deep blue ground colour is a symbol of the night. The singing nightingale perched on one of the upper branches fits in with this theme. – New overcasting along the sides, otherwise very well preserved.

    • Lot53
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman
    • Dimensions166 x 124 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,300 - 2,800

    The design of a red stepped central medallion and flowering trees growing from two vases, as well as quarter sections of analogous medallions in the corners of the field, goes back to urban models from Kerman. It has been translated into the geometric nomad style. The white-ground main border contains an angular vine with rosettes and highly abstract palmettes. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    EILAND, MURRAY L., Oriental Rugs from Pacific Collections. San Francisco 1990, no. 46, p. 79

  • Varamin Ru Khorsi

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    • Lot54
    • OriginNorth Persia
    • Dimensions179 x 160 cm
    • Ageca. 1900
    • Estimate EUR2,000 - 2,800

    This square flatwoven cover with a pile-woven design of hooked diamonds in the wide border and a large, similarly pile-woven cruciform motif in the camel field is from the Varamin area. The white-ground border makes this particularly beautiful example look brighter than comparative pieces, which are often somewhat sombre. Moreover, the spacious design layout stands out as a pleasant feature. - "Ru khorsi" (literally: cover over the table) is the Persian word for these textiles, which were drawn across a charcoal brazier around which the family gathered on cold days. Only made for home use, ru khorsis were rarely sold and are coveted collector’s items.  – Very good condition.

    GEWERBEMUSEUM BASEL (publ.), Alte Teppiche aus dem Orient. Basel 1980, p. 82 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IX. Munich 1987, no. 51 *** HOUSEGO, JENNY, Tribal Rugs. London 1978, pl. 141

  • Luri Bag Face

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    • Lot55
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Zagros
    • Dimensions63 x 109 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000 - 3,700

    The face of a large Luri cargo bag from the Zagros mountain region. A very solid and firmly depressed textile largely woven in the sumakh technique as well as other flatweaving techniques. The white details and the white-ground horizontal stripe are cotton. Making flatweaves of this kind was far more difficult than knotting a carpet and required great skill. The five horizontal stripes depict a large number of animals and humans. Six horsemen traverse the lowermost stripe from left to right, while a camel caravan led by a guide moves across the stripe above. The weaver’s narrative intention is obvious – a blend of reality and imagination enriched with symbols. The central stripe containing colourful botehs and tiny birds is surrounded and thus accentuated by a border of reciprocal undulating lines (running dog). – Good condition. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

    DE FRANCHIS, AMADEO & WERTIME, JOHN, Lori and Bakhtiari Flatweaves. Tehran 1976, no. 14 A *** OPIE, JAMES, Tribal Rugs. Portland 1992, no. 7.23, p. 123

  • Bijar Khorjin

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    • Lot56
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • DimensionsA = 62 x 74 cm, B = 66 x 76 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR650 - 850

    The connecting panel of this double bag has been removed, so the two halves are separated from one another. The pile-woven faces show a very beautifully drawn mina khani repeat in subdued colours, surrounded by a white inner border of S-shaped abstract animals and an ochre outer border of floral vines in the typical Bijar style. Original kilim back woven in horizontal stripes. – Slightly damaged corners and sides, good overall condition.

  • Bijar Mafrash

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    • Lot57
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions58 x 97 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000 - 3,000

    Mafrash is the name used to describe the large bags with four decorated sides and a kilim bottom which served to store objects (often bedding) in homes or tents, or were employed as cargo cases by nomads during their migrations. They would then hang from the flanks of the camels, usually in pairs. The wool, knotting structure, palette and ornamentation of the two borders are certain indications that this mafrash was made in the Bijar area. The dark blue fields are adorned with either three or two large rectangular güls reminiscent of Shahsavan weavings. We are not aware of any comparative examples. – Very good condition.

  • Shirvan Kilim

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    • Lot58
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions306 x 165 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500 - 3,300

    A Shirvan kilim in splendid colours woven in a horizontal stripe design. In the narrow decorated bands, halved stepped diamonds in contrasting colours are arranged opposite one another. They alternate with wider, undecorated stripes in plain red, dark blue and green. The thin dividing lines composed of white and brown triangles are woven in the sumakh technique. – Very good condition.

  • Akstafa Prayer Rug

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    • Lot59
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Shirvan
    • Dimensions190 x 87 cm
    • Agefirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800 - 2,300

    Although the town of Akstafa (now Ağstafa) is situated on the border between Georgia and Armenia, so-called Akstafa rugs are attributed to the Shirvan area further to the south east. Unlike other prayer rugs from the Shirvan region, Akstafa prayer rugs were woven in a long and narrow format, for which this example serves as a paradigm. Large fan-shaped palmettes arranged in offset rows cover the white field beneath a towering arch placed at the very top end. The inner red secondary border is decorated with four-legged animals throughout, while hooked diamonds adorn the dark blue main border. An example that compares well has been described as a Shirvan by Kaffel. – Obvious signs of age and wear, damaged sides and ends, two tears at the top.

    KAFFEL, RALPH, Caucasian Prayer Rugs. London 1998, no. 81

  • Çal Kilim

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    • Lot60
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia, Denizli
    • Dimensions237 x 157 cm
    • Agefirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000 - 3,700

    At the centre of an open light green field surrounded by small red trefoils, a large nested serrated diamond is surrounded by four smaller diamonds of analogous shape. Each end has a wide elem with three patterned horizontal stripes that are separated by narrow plain-coloured stripes. Woven on a cotton warp in the characteristic mellow palette, this rare kilim is from the Çal area. It may have been used as a camel trapping. – Signs of age and wear, various missing sections, fragmented sides. Backed with a red fabric.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 93, Poppmeier Collection, 10 March 2018, lot 17