Zaleski Collection

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  • Sultanabad

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    • Lot101
    • OriginWest Persia, Arak region
    • Dimensions202 x 124 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR5,904
    This elegant carpet was produced in one of the master workshops of Sultanabad. Very finely knotted on a cotton foundation, it has a dense pile of supreme quality. A small circular medallion placed at the centre of the blue-black field is surrounded by sweeping floral stems. Flowering shrubs growing from four vases, stems and further blossoms complete the design at the ends of the field. The contrast between the open design of the field and the small-pattern border in the style of the contemporaneous Sarough Farahan rugs is a characteristic feature of these Sultanabad weavings. They developed into the so-called US Sarough type some twenty years later. – Very good condition. Original selvedges.

    ENGELHARDT, EVA, Teppiche. Die Bilder des Orients. Band II. Heidelberg 1978, Nr.200 *** DIES., Orientteppiche der Sonderklasse. Sammlerexemplare aus vier Jahrhunderten. Heidelberg 1980, Tf. S.8

  • Baluch Pictorial Rug

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    • Lot103
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions168 x 93 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR1,968
    This very beautiful Baluch pictorial rug with a camel field was made in the Ferdows region in southern Khorasan. Its theme is the love story of Khosrow and Shirin. Repeated twice at the upper and lower ends of the field, we see King Khosrow mounted on his famous war horse, Shabdiz, and the Armenian princess Shirin standing before him. Both are facing the viewer. Eight further figures depicted face-on take up the centre of the field, standing one above the other in two rows. Three figures have raised their hand in greeting. Quadrupeds and birds drawn to a miniature scale are distributed across the ground. The statuesque manner of representation is a characteristic feature of such Baluch pictorial rugs. A comparatively fine weave, velvety pile wool. The two end finishes presenting diagonal stripes are also pile-woven. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    SCHLAMMINGER, KARL & WILSON, PETER L., Persische Bildteppiche. Geknüpfte Mythen. München 1980, Nr.18

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Von Uschak bis Yarkand. Seltene Orientteppiche II. München 1979, Nr.108 *** SORGATO, DAVID, Baluch from the David Sorgato collection. Mailand 2007, Nr.4

  • Baluch Pictorial Rug

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    • Lot104
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions180 x 102 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,968
    This Baluch pictorial rug woven in an elongated format is from Zabol in the Sistan region. Twelve statuesque female figures with long arms, white hands with their nails coloured red, and square white heads are arranged next to and above one another in rows of three. Depicted face-on, they look at the viewer with large eyes. Changing from one row to the next, they have one arm hanging down while the other is bent across their chest. Small trees, animals, stars and diamonds fill the spaces left undecorated by the main design in the coffee-coloured field. The motifs with protruding rays seen in the border, here enclosed within rectangular compartments, are also encountered in Tekke rugs. More differentiated in palette and far more colourful than the comparative pieces cited below, this Zabol pictorial rug is a particularly attractive example of its group. – Cut and reselvedged sides, both ends minimally reduced. Good overall condition.

    HALI 80, 1995, S. 96, Abb.18 *** SORGATO, DAVID, Baluch from the David Sorgato collection. Mailand 2007, Nr.6 *** MacDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures Of The Black Tent. Woodbridge 1997, Tf.160

    • Lot105
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions344 x 104 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Result EUR14,760
    Two large, grass-green shield medallions with yellow-and-red stepped outlines fill the salmon field to its full extent. A third medallion placed at the upper end is represented as a halved form, emphasising the infinite nature of the design. The three large forms each contain a salmon diamond enclosing a yellow cruciform motif; its outlines are decorated with white rosettes and red flowers attached to angled stems. It is easy to see that this inner medallion echoes the ornamental tradition of the older "Transylvanian" carpets. The primary motifs are accompanied by brown-ground triangles placed at the sides of the field and in the corners. A long rug of the same group has been published by Brüggemann/Böhmer. – Small repairs, very good overall condition, original finishes all around.

    BRÜGGEMANN, WERNER & BÖHMER, HARALD, Teppiche der Bauern und Nomaden in Anatolien. Hannover 1980, Nr.65

    • Lot106
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia, Afyonkarahisar province
    • Dimensions142 x 127 cm
    • AgeDated 1262 AH = 1847 AD
    • Result EUR11,685
    The red-ground field is filled to its full extent by a green-ground double niche with stepped arches which contains a red central medallion surrounded by flowers. Four water jugs stand in the corners, and small blossoms and stars are distributed around them. – Small-format rugs made in the town of Dazkiri and its surroundings continued the design tradition of a particular group of "Transylvanian" carpets, adopting their designs and composition almost literally (e.g. Ionescu cat. 117, 119). These older carpets were produced in the Manisa region situated north of Dazkiri during the 17th century. However, a feature typical of Dazkiri rugs is their distinctive palette using prominent shades of green which differs greatly from their models. According to its woven date, this very finely knotted example in excellent colours was made in 1847. – One major repiled section at the centre of the field, several small repiled areas; otherwise well preserved, including the original selvedges and striped kilim ends.

    ASLANAPA, OKTAY, One Thousand Years of Turkish Carpets. Istanbul 1988, Tf.109 *** BATTILOSSI, MAURIZIO, Tappeti d'Antiquarito. Catalogo IV. Turin 1989, Nr.4 *** IONESCU, STEFANO (Hrsg.), Die osmanischen Teppiche in Siebenbürgen. Rom 2006, Kat.Nrn.117,119

    • Lot109
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh region
    • Dimensions220 x 143 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR13,530
    This Chelaberd exemplifies the earlier design type of the group using just one sunburst medallion as well as two huge halved blossoms placed at the ends of the field and surrounded by a semi-arch decorated with vines. The motifs derive from the design repertoire of older Caucasian workshop carpets woven during the 17th/18th centuries; here they appear in a new compositional context. Small blossoms and halved hooked diamonds complete the primary design. The narrow main border of star-shaped blossoms is a recurrent feature of Chelaberds. Schürmann has published a very similar example. – Very good condition, slightly corroded brown. Original finishes all around.

    SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Caucasian Rugs. Ramsdell 1974, Nr.28 *** ENGELHARDT, EVA, Teppiche-Die Bilder des Orients. Heidelberg 1977, Nr.144 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IV. München 1982, Nr.35

  • Shahsavan Sumakh

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    • Lot111
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan-Savalan region
    • Dimensions87 x 57 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR2,583
    The unusual format of this Shahsavan flatweave, finely woven in the sumakh technique, presents a puzzle as regards its original purpose. It is too tall for a mafrash side panel. It may have been the face of a very large single bag intended for carrying cargo. Besides, we are not aware of any other example using the same field design of diagonal stripes which start from the field centre at the bottom and progressively increase in size to form peaked gables extending into infinity. – Slightly cut and newly overcast all around, otherwise well preserved.
    • Lot114
    • OriginWest Persia, Hamadan province
    • Dimensions193 x 125 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR9,225
    This unique Malayer was advertised in HALI by the Heskia gallery of London in 1983. We are not aware of any comparable examples. The open cream field contains an oval medallion with attached pendants and a large circular blossom at its centre that radiates a design of rays symbolising the sun. The medallion is flanked at a good distance by four elongated twigs bearing flowers and leaves. Separated from the field by a serrated diagonal outline, the midnight blue spandrels are each decorated with a large palmette and small blossoms. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    BURNS, JAMES D., Visions of Nature. The Antique Weavings of Persia. New York 2010, Nr.112

    HALI Vol.5, No.3. London 1983, S.8

    • Lot115
    • OriginWest Persia, Arak region
    • Dimensions212 x 125 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR11,070
    The saffron field contains an elongated, midnight blue shield form with stepped two-tone outlines which encloses a diamond-shaped central medallion and two large attached palmettes, with stems and flowers grouped around them. The shield form is flanked on both sides by a vine composed of two-dimensional blossoms and leaves. The white-ground main border featuring palmettes, rosettes and delicate floral stems belonged to the standard repertoire of carpets from the Arak region and is often seen in Farahan and Sarough rugs. However, an example immediately comparable in terms of the very rare field design cannot be found in literature. This exclusive Farahan of outstanding quality was probably a commission woven to a specific design by a carpet artist. – Good condition, only minimal damage to the edges and a number of small stains.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 53, 20.11.1999, #101

    • Lot116
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions145 x 150 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR6,765
    A rectangular central medallion with a triple surround and a cruciform interior drawing is flanked by four hooked octagons enclosing a flower. The four-and-one medallion design echoes the tradition of the 16th century large-pattern Holbein carpets. The main border of large kochak designs, hooked diamonds and star-shaped blossoms is strongly influenced by Turkmen designs. – In terms of their nearly square format, ornamentation and palette, the surviving examples of this group of Bergama carpets are often almost indistinguishable. They have been coveted collector’s pieces for a long time. Grote-Hasenbalg dated the example published by him in 1922 to the 18th century. Perfectly drawn and woven in clear brilliant colours, this Bergama is a particularly beautiful example. – New overcasting along the sides, three small inserted sections along the upper finish, rewoven kilim at the top left. Very good overall condition.

    GROTE-HASENBALG, WERNER, Der Orientteppich. Seine Geschichte und seine Kultur. Berlin 1922, Band 2, Tf.22 *** BATTILOSSI, MAURIZIO, Tappeti d'Antiquariato. Catalogo I. Turin 1985, Nr.2 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte und antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1979, Tf. S. 1 *** TKF-WIEN (Hrsg.), Antike anatolische Teppiche aus österreichischem Besitz. Wien 1983, Nr.24 *** SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Bilderbuch für Teppichsammler. München o. J. (1960), Tf.15