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This small red-ground village rug from the Kozak region features a white double niche design drawn in a strictly geometric style. The elongated red rectangle at the centre of the double niche form contains two gül-like ornaments which probably originate from Central Asia. Amulets are arranged around it, and stars within octagonal surrounds lie in the field corners. A rare collector’s piece woven in a striking design and in very beautiful colours. – Slight signs of wear, low pile, original finishes all around.
- North West Turkey, Bergama region
- 139 x 107 cm
- Mid 19th century
HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche V. Munich 1983, no. 5
The golden yellow field of this unique village rug from the Konya region is decorated with horizontal rows of large amulets which all appear to float freely, almost to dance, in space. Their rhythm is only broken by an aubergine-ground medallion placed above the centre. The field design terminates in a red horizontal stripe with seven star-shaped blossoms at the very top. – Fragmented condition, a large section is missing at the bottom right. Signs of age and wear, low pile, several dark stains. Mounted onto canvas.
- Central Anatolia
- 227 x 128 cm
- 18th century
The term “tapestry” is used to describe a flatweave produced on a loom with horizontal warps in the slit tapestry technique, whereby slits are created at the points of return in each colour section of the design which are later sewn up. The weavers are guided by a design drawn on a cartoon spread behind the loom, translating it exactly to scale (one to one). Tapestries were used as wall hangings. – This large tapestry woven in the first half of the 18th century is a verdure (landscape tapestry) from one of the workshops in the Flemish town of Oudenaarde (situated south of Ghent in East Flanders), which looked back on a long tradition of producing such landscape hangings. The weaver’s woven mark usually seen at one side is absent in this item, so the workshop can no longer be identified with certainty. Woven in wool and silk in a medium weave density, the tapestry is well drawn and pleasant in appearance even though it has darkened considerably. The comparatively narrow and simply drawn border is a remarkable feature.
- Netherlands, Oudenaarde
- 304 x 466 cm
- First half 18th century
The foreground is dominated by a swathe of a wooded hilly landscape featuring large trees and bushes with dense foliage. The white heightening of the leaves produces a light-and-shade effect, creating a vibrant three-dimensional impression. A stalking fox approaching from the left and a seemingly dramatic cock-fight at the bottom right add a narrative touch to the front part of the picture. In the characteristic way of verdures, the slanting trees are arranged to produce vistas suggesting pictorial depth to achieve an illusion of perspective. The background is a wide mountainous landscape of rivers and lakes. At the exact centre of the picture, a fortified town is seen on the brow of a hill, with a church below it and a castle on the banks of a stretch of water at the right-hand edge. The colours – largely restricted to shades of green, blue, brown and beige, with only a few red sections – are typical of verdures, but would have been far stronger originally and have faded over the course of time. – The tapestry is rather well preserved, although the silk sections are somewhat fragile. The blue trim attached to the outer edges was added at a later date. Several of the seams have come undone and are thus are no longer intact. The back has been secured with vertical fabric panels stitched to the reverse. The tapestry has darkened substantially, and expert cleaning would probably restore the colours to some of their former freshness.
Charles Sternberg, Verdure Tapestry. Vigo-Sternberg Galleries. London 1983, no. 48
This very rare Caucasian silk embroidery presenting a figural design was created in the "surface darning" technique on a blue-and-white, small check cotton foundation. The stitches hermetically cover the whole of the surface. The embroidery was made during the early Qajar period in Lenkoran, a town situated in the Talish region which was then a province of the Persian Empire. The purple field has a tile design in various colours featuring alternately male and female figures in Oriental dress who face the viewer in a sitting position. The tiles offset against them contain large peacocks. The field is topped by a steeply ascending arch with curved outlines, and the green section above it is decorated with floral stems. The pale yellow main border contains a spaciously conceived vine bearing flowers and lancet-shaped leaves. – Sixteen embroideries of this group were known before now, and our example adds no. 17 to the total. Although closely related in style and almost always produced in formats like our piece, the embroideries display different designs and compositions. Having said that, an embroidery from the Azadi Collection sold by the Austria Auction Company in 2017 is almost identical to the example offered here. - Minimal signs of wear, very good overall condition except for a number of small stains and two tiny holes.
- South East Caucasus, Talish-Lenkoran region
- 174 x 129 cm
- Ca. 1775 - 1800
HALI Publications (publ.), Stars of the Caucasus. London 2017, nos. 4.49 and 4.50, pp. 101, 102 *** AUSTRIA AUCTION COMPANY, auction 7, 22 April 2017, # 95
This large red-ground Lori Pambak displays the characteristic design of this Kazak group: a huge, white central octagon enclosing a powerful green cross motif and, at the ends of the field, two octagonal accompanying devices with an interior design of hooked hexagons. Smaller ornaments are arranged around them in mirror image. The large number of animal representations in this example is striking. The carpet was published by Bausback as early as 1976. – Signs of age and wear, very low spots in the pile, original finishes all around.
- South West Caucasus
- 280 x 200 cm
- Ca. 1900
BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1976, pl. p. 77
This Shahsavan sumakh bag features a red Lesghi star on a blue ground, surrounded by a white-ground inner border of syrga motifs. – The face is very well preserved. The undecorated, plain red kilim back has three major rewoven sections. Good overall condition.
- North West Persia, Khamseh region
- 50 x 61 cm
- Second half 19th century
The double niche design of this small-format Bergama derives from models of the Transylvanian group. A large red-ground diamond enclosing nested hooked diamonds has been placed in the blue field. Its most striking feature is the twelve white flowers which adorn its serrated outlines. The white gables have hooked outlines. – Signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile, the original finishes survive all around.
- North West Turkey
- 114 x 92 cm
- Second half 19th century
ITEN-MARITZ, J., Der anatolische Teppich. Fribourg & Munich 1975, pl. p. 110
A large Yürük trapping woven in a single piece. The very wide elems are decorated in horizontal stripes of brocaded motifs; the open red centre contains yellow diagonal lines which intersect to form huge diamonds. During their annual migrations, the Yürük would place such blankets across the backs of their fully laden camels. They primarily served as protective covers, but the characteristic tribal designs of the elems added an important heraldic function. – Very well preserved.
- South West Anatolia
- 284 x 157 cm
- Mid 19th century
Woven during the long reign of Emperor Qiánlóng (1735 - 1796), this antique Ningxia displays the typical stylistic features of the period. Embedded in a dense network of stems bearing large peonies, a disc medallion with a wide cloud outline lies at the centre of the apricot field; it holds a kylin and phoenix circling one another. The pale yellow inner border is decorated with floral stems as well as four butterflies placed in the corners. Floral stems, vases, flowerpots, containers for writing utensils and chessboards are depicted in the outer blue border. – Small restored areas, original selvedges. In good condition considering its age.
- West China
- 265 x 167 cm
- Mid 18th century