Major Spring Auction

Saturday 31. May 2014 at 3 p.m.

133 Lots
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1.363 USD1 Euro
  • Bakhtiari Tasheh

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    • Lot1
    • OriginWestern Central Persia, Chahar Mahal region
    • Dimensions155 x 133 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR641
    Coarsely woven, this nearly square kilim has a knotted section shaped like a salt bag in the lower central area. The left-hand half is a plain sandy brown while the right-hand half is decorated with wide stripes in white and dark brown. Known as “tashehs”, such textiles were originally joined on three sides and used as sacks. Made for home use by settled Bakhtiari in the province of Chahar Mahal, tashehs served as storage containers and cargo bags for carrying grain or flour. – Good condition.

    MACDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures Of The Black Tent. Woodbridge 1997, pl. 145

  • Kordi Kilim

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    • Lot2
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions318 x 70 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR763
    Finely woven on a brown goat hair warp, this narrow kilim originally belonged to one of the two-panel covers employed by the Khorasan Kurds. The design consists of horizontal stripes in alternating harmonious colours and very narrow brocaded additional dividing bands. Stanzer has published a complete cover. – Good condition, original side and end finishes, several stains, one small hole.

    STANZER, WILFRIED, Kordi. Leben. Knüpfen. Weben der Kurden Khorasans. Kollektion Adil Besim. Vienna 1988, pl. p. 141

  • Shahsavan Scissor Bag

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    • Lot3
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions11 x 49 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,379
    Finely woven in the sumakh technique, the face of this rare Moghan Shahsavan scissor bag has been divided into three compartments showing a design of solid crosses and stars. The midnight blue central compartment is twice as wide as the two outer green-ground ones. A narrow red border containing a white zig-zag band frames the compartments all around. Wertime illustrates a bag face of identical design and colours, stating Moghan-Savalan as the provenance. – Good condition; the striped kilim back is only partially preserved.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, no. 70

  • Three Kuba Wraparound Skirts

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    • Lot4
    • OriginCentral Africa, Congo
    • Dimensionsa = 478 x 72 cm, b = 411 x 61, cm = 425 x 60 cm
    • AgeFirst half 20th century
    • Result EUR3,050
    The confederation of Kuba tribes settled along the banks of the Kasai river in southern Congo. The Kuba had their own textile tradition using abstract designs and a distinctive style. They employed the fibres of the raffia palm as their basic material. The spun yarn was plant-dyed in beige, brown, red and black. Geometric motifs in contrasting colours were sewn onto a foundation. Longer textile panels such as these three wraparound skirts worn at ritual ceremonies are composed of several sections. – Slight signs of wear, otherwise well preserved.
  • Afshar Bag Face

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    • Lot7
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions57 x 77
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,074
    The midnight blue field of this Afshar bag face presents the nomad version of a garden design, with a blue diamond enclosing a sprawling tree growing from a vase and two large peacocks in the upper corners. – Slight signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile.
  • Two Afshar Bags

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    • Lot8
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensionsa = 26 x 29 cm, b = 26 x 24 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR2,074
    These two small knotted Afshar bags including triangular gables at the top were used by the women of the tribe to store personal utensils or coins. The lower section has been folded back and sewn up at the sides; the gable served as a flap for closing the bag. One of the two bags shows a design of diagonal stripes on a white ground, while the other displays arrow shapes on a blue ground. – Good condition.
  • Afshar Khorjin

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    • Lot9
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions54 x 24 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR793
    An Afshar double bag woven in a miniature format. The knotted red faces show a section of a border design surrounded by a narrow border of reciprocal hooks; a blue stripe of small rosettes has been added at the bottom. The closure bands are woven in the sumakh technique, the connecting panel is plainwoven. A kilim back of horizontal stripes. – Signs of age and wear, a stitched tear in the central section.
  • Afshar Salt Bag

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    • Lot10
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions58 x 49 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR2,562
    An Afshar salt bag with a knotted face and a kilim back. The lower horizontal rectangular panel shows a diamond lattice design on a blue ground surrounded by three borders; in the smaller square section above – the neck of the bag – a central star is surrounded by tiny crosses. – Good condition.
  • Ersari Chuval

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    • Lot14
    • OriginCentral Asia, central Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions112 x 231 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,148
    A very large Ersari chuval presenting two rows of güls resembling ornamental plates on a dark red ground, a very narrow border and a tree elem. – Some damage to the lower finish and sides, low spots in the pile, the back has not survived.
  • Tekke Main Carpet

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    • Lot16
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions286 x 189 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR6,100
    A classic Tekke main carpet presenting 5 x 10 primary güls and kurbaghe secondary motifs on the deep red ground of the field. All the designs are drawn in an exemplary and precise style. Woven to a large scale, they fill most of the field. In the wide three-band border, highly diverse dividing designs have been inserted between the octagons of the main border. – One rewoven section in the field, one darned area in the border at the top right. Otherwise very good condition, with the pile at its original height, original selvedges and striped kilim ends.