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Zaleski Collection

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    • Lot77
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions266 x 94 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR9,225
    A repeat of rosettes, flute-shaped flowers and small, geometric stylised plants adorns the bottle-green field of this very beautiful Kuba long rug. The white main border of precisely drawn stepped polygons, small blossoms and a wealth of red crosses in miniature format is accompanied by two secondary borders of colourful diagonal stripes. Green-ground rugs made in the Kuba region are very rare. A fine weave, brilliant colours. – Good condition, original finishes all around.
    • Lot78
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions168 x 142 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR12,300
    Woven in a wide format, this prayer rug from the Konya region featuring an empty red mihrab field, a protruding arch and a wide yellow main border is impressive due the impact of its large designs and the intensity of its colours. The confidently proportioned, simple composition dispensing with anything playful and the sharp contrast between two primary colours, yellow and red, lend the carpet a monumental effect. – Several rewoven areas, good overall condition, the original selvedges survive.

    Literature:
    BUTTERWECK, GEORG & ORASCH, DIETER, Das Standardwerk des anatolischen Knüpfteppichs. Zentral-Anatolien. Wien 1986, Nr.6 *** TÜRKISCHES STAATSMINISTERIUM FÜR KULTUR UND TOURISMUS (Hrsg.), Turkish Handwoven Carpets. Catalog No: 1. Ankara 1987, Nr.0060

    • Lot79
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions191 x 110 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR10,455
    Characteristically coarse in weave and knotted in brilliant colours, this village rug from the Konya region belongs to the "Yellow Group". The term was coined by Friedrich Spuhler to describe a large number of such carpets in the "Orient Stars" Collection. Here, eight large Memling güls fill the white-ground field. They are surrounded by a light red grid composed of octagons, with nested polychrome diamonds placed at the intersections. The ground colour of the single-stripe border is light red at the lower end and then changes to a golden yellow hue. The remarkably meticulous drawing of the design makes this Konya one of the best examples of its kind. – Original finishes all around, minor repiled areas, very good overall condition.

    Literature:
    KIRCHHEIM, E. HEINRICH, Orient Stars. Eine Teppichsammlung. Stuttgart-London 1993, Nrn.115,118

    • Lot80
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia, Afyonkarahisar province
    • Dimensions101 x 91 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR4,428
    This small-format Dazkiri differs in ornamentation and colour from most other examples of the group, and it is also somewhat coarser in weave. A red double niche with stepped arches placed at the centre of the mustard yellow field contains a tree surrounded by a number of blossoms. Larger and smaller trees are seen in the spandrels. The green main border is decorated with stars. – Slight signs of wear, good overall condition, original finishes all around.
    • Lot81
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions408 x 113 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR6,150
    The field design of narrow vertical stripes in brilliant and diverse colours is an identifying feature of Kirsehir rugs which are often woven in a long format. Each of the stripes is embellished with a delicate geometric vine and tiny flowers. The white stripes provide structure in the hermetic, dense design. Large and closely spaced blossoms are lined up in rows in the golden yellow border. The two red elems at the ends of the field each contain nine shield forms enclosing tree motifs. – Small repiled areas, very good overall condition, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    BRÜGGEMANN, WERNER & BÖHMER, HARALD, Teppiche der Bauern und Nomaden in Anatolien. Hannover 1980, Nrn.29,39

    • Lot82
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions256 x 155 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR36,900
    A splendid Sehna very finely woven on a polychrome silk warp. The white field shows a design of large, lively and elegantly drawn botehs arranged into offset rows to form a repeat. They are interspersed with filigree stems bearing tiny blossoms and botehs. The very narrow, red main border is decorated with a floral vine that is characteristic of Sehnas dating from that period. Outstanding quality, a masterpiece of Persian weaving. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Orientteppiche. Braunschweig 1978, Tf. S.339

  • Bakhtiari Khan Carpet

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    • Lot83
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions242 x 150 cm
    • AgeDated 1277 AH = 1861 AD
    • Result EUR20,910
    A mighty tree with flower-laden branches extending across the whole of the blazing red field grows towards a sweeping arch right at the top. The two yellow-ground spandrels above the arch are each filled with a large palmette. As is always the case in this type, two large flowering vases stand next to the trunk at the bottom. The design layout is strictly mirror-symmetrical. The composition may have been modelled on the silk Kashan in the Tehran museum (see Azadi), allegedly woven in the Mohtashem workshop, or an analogous example. – This rare carpet was commissioned from a Bakhtiari workshop that worked exclusively for the tribal chieftains. Woven in very beautiful calligraphy, the white inscription band on a red ground which constitutes the upper finish provides the following details: Written by Sayyed Ahmad by order of Mo’tamad Al-Soltan (an honorary title: he upon whom the ruler relies) Agha-ye Soltan Mohammad Khan Mo’in Homayoun (another honorary title: assistant to the monarch), work of the Bakhtiari in the year 1277. The khan mentioned here, a member of the Ilkhan family, was a very important tribal leader and a Persian politician in his day. He was born in 1862 and died in Paris in 1924. The fact that the inscription also mentions the name of the calligrapher is a detail which does not occur in any other khan carpet. The date, 1277 (1861) poses a mystery. The carpet was probably woven around 1900. The date may state the year in which Soltan Mohammad Khan was born. – We sold a white-ground example of this elite group in 1987, as well as two yellow-ground khan carpets in 2004 and 2018. – Very well preserved, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 26, 14.11.1987, #89; A 63, 15.05.2004, #100; A 930, 02.06.2018, #100 *** AZADI, SIAWOSCH ULRICH, Persian Carpets. Vol. 1. Teheran, Iran 1977, Nr. 21

    • Lot84
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions141 x 109 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,706
    An antique Bijar rug woven in the zaronim format. The blue-black field displays a large-scale Harshang repeat composed of flowers in varying shapes and colours, small trees and the characteristic "pinwheel" devices. The white main border contains a geometrically drawn vine decorated with blossoms, leaves and bird’s heads. – Slight signs of wear, low spots in the pile, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    BIGGS, D. (Hrsg.), Discoveries from Kurdish Looms. Evanston 1983, Nr.18 *** THOMPSON, JON, Timbuktu to Tibet. Exotic Rugs & Textiles From New York Collections. New York 2008, Tf.69

    • Lot85
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions372 x 112 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR7,380
    In this Karaja woven in the characteristic long format, the outstanding quality of the wool and colours are captivating features. An almost identical example is illustrated in Eder. A very fine weave; the pile survives at its original height. – Good condition, original selvedges and upper kilim finish, minimally reduced at the bottom.

    Literature:
    GROTE-HASENBALG, WERNER, Der Orientteppich. Seine Geschichte und seine Kultur. Berlin 1922, Band 2, Tf.43 *** EDER, DORIS, Orientteppiche. Band 1: Kaukasische Teppiche. München 1979, Nr.194

    • Lot86
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions180 x 150 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR9,840
    This unusual rug was either produced in Cappadocia or the adjacent Sivas region to the north east. It may be a Kurdish piece. Conceived in mirror image, the field design – a geometric, abstract tree placed on the central axis, with a cruciform box shape superimposed upon it in the lower section, as well as elongated panels arranged vertically and horizontally – is highly unusual. The weaver began the border by drawing S-shaped stepped figures (possibly representations of animals) on an orange-red ground. Then she changed her mind in favour of a different design featuring diamonds and leaves on a white ground. Very beautiful colours. – A number of old restored areas, signs of wear in the pile, both ends somewhat reduced, original selvedges.

    Published:
    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 62, Teil II, 15.05.2004, #93