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Saturday 29. May 2021 at 3 p.m.

117 Lots
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    • Lot130
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba-Shirvan region
    • Dimensions177 x 126 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR4,340
    The royal blue field featuring a Khyrdagyd design is surrounded by a white frame of small star-shaped blossoms. As usual in Chichi rugs, it is comparatively small whereas the border section is all the wider. The Kufic vine design of the black-brown main border is rarely seen in this rug group. A fine weave, a rich range of brilliant colours. – Slight signs of age and wear, new overcasting along the sides, good overall condition.
    • Lot132
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions152 x 120 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR6,200
    This rare Afshar, which could be used as a sofreh, was probably made for a high-ranking person. Its outstanding quality would suggest this. It is extraordinarily fine in weave, the closely shorn pile is of the finest wool, and the colours are rich and luminous. The empty midnight blue field is notched on each side by two acute-angled triangles with dense hermetic designs which are linked by a pole. Creating a dynamic effect, the composition is well known from other Afshar and Khamseh rugs and frequently seen in Fars kilims. The configuration of the border section is highly unusual, with an empty central band in the deep ground colour of the field and intersections of the yellow secondary borders in the corners. Herrmann published the rug in 1992. His description throws an entirely new light on the iconography of the design. Purchased by the collector at Eberhart Herrmann’s Munich gallery in 1993. – Small repiled sections in the field, the two upper corners are restored, otherwise in very good condition.

    Published:
    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 4. Munich 1992, no. 78

  • Pinwheel Kazak

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    • Lot133
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions214 x 166 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR18,060
    The village population of Transcaucasia showed great persistence in adhering to their traditional rug designs. This continuity only ended with the social upheavals in the wake of the Russian Revolution. So-called "Pinwheel" Kazaks, featuring a distinctive design of eponymous steel blue forms decorated with spirals that suggest a rotary movement, green abstract dragons decorated with crescents and white rosettes, were woven throughout the 19th century as well as the early 20th century. However, only a very few examples were known until ca. 1980, which is why this Kazak type was considered particularly rare. The fact that this rug group is actually far larger only became evident after the end of the Soviet Union and the subsequent opening of the borders. – Signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile, a number of reknotted areas.

    Literature:
    McMULLAN, JOSEPH V., Islamic Carpets. New York 1965, no. 53 *** KIRCHHEIM, E. HEINRICH, Orient Stars. Stuttgart & London 1993, no. 16 *** SPUHLER, FRIEDRICH, Die Orientteppiche im Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin. Munich 1987, no. 108 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 3. Munich 1991, no. 17

  • Akstafa Prayer Rug

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    • Lot135
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Shirvan region
    • Dimensions170 x 104 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,968
    Although the town of Akstafa (now Agstafa) is situated on the border between Georgia and Armenia, so-called Akstafa rugs are attributed to the Shirvan region further to the south east. The midnight blue field displays an ascending design of floral devices and abstract animals beneath a white towering arch. The white main border contains a double vine of highly stylised birds. – Slight signs of age and wear, the original flatwoven selvedges survive, minimally reduced at the top. Good overall condition.
    • Lot136
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Baku region
    • Dimensions279 x 126 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR10,000
    The city of Salyan on the Kura River is situated in the very south of the Baku region. The rugs woven there during the 19th century are usually of high quality, with a fine and regular weave, red wefts, precisely drawn designs and a rich range of brilliant colours which bring to mind the weavings of the neighbouring Moghan region to the south. Here, seven octagons with a gül-like interior drawing of double hooks lie on the central axis of the red field. Stepped polygons in a chequerboard design, quartered diamonds and a number of blossoms are randomly distributed across the ground. The wide white main border shows large star-shaped blossoms with four diagonal arms bearing buds. – Slight signs of wear, very good condition.
    • Lot137
    • OriginCentral Asia, middle Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions233 x 136 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR5,208
    The term previously used for this rug group, "cloudband" Beshir, still works for the purposes of communication, although it is an incorrect iconographic interpretation of the red serpentine band-like designs. The figures depicted are clearly snakes. They fill the whole of the field which changes in ground colour between three hues (blue, green and dark brown). The design of the blue-green main border – large rosettes alternating with red diagonal crosses – is rather rare in this type. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, minor repairs, original selvedges.

    Literature:
    PINNER, ROBERT & EILAND, MURRAY L. Jr., Between the Black Desert and the Red. Turkmen Carpets from the Wiedersperg Collection. San Francisco 1999, pl. 90

  • Tekke Chuval

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    • Lot140
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions58 x 118 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Result EUR6,200
    Three large Salor güls dominate the field, and six further güls are covered by the horizontal borders, leaving only a small part visible. The secondary güls are cruciform stepped polygons encircled by eight stars. Despite the Salor ornamentation, this very old chuval of outstanding material and aesthetic quality is a work by the Akhal Tekke. Extraordinarily fine in weave (ca. 4000 knots/m²) using the asymmetrical knot open to the right, it has a slightly depressed structure and a cloth-like handle. The shade of red seen in the field is characteristic of Tekke weavings and differs from the red used by the Salor. The kochanak hook motifs of the main border are drawn in a different style and less closely spaced in Salor chuvals. Various design details are knotted in precious ruby silk yarn. Seeing that neither the upper finish nor the elem have survived, we can only speculate on the original dimensions of this chuval. It probably measured some 85 cm in height and 130 cm in width, so its size would have been almost the same as a Salor chuval. – Obvious signs of age and wear, reduced all around, a number of missing areas, tears and old repairs.

    Literature:
    LOGES, WERNER, Turkmenische Teppiche. Munich 1978, no. 9 *** MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington 1980, no. 31 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 62, 15 May 2004, lot 25

  • Afshar Saddle Cover

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    • Lot141
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions96 x 88 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR3,348
    A pile-woven saddle cover with a trapezoid upper end. A flowering vase stands at the centre of the cream field, with four diagonal, rose-coloured flowers and five birds arranged around it. The edges of the sickle-shaped opening for the pommel are still trimmed with the original leather. A beautiful weaving by sedentary Afshars of the Zeydabad region. – Very good condition.
  • Göklen Jolami Fragment

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    • Lot142
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Turkestan
    • Dimensions631 x 24 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Result EUR3,968
    The Göklen, to whom the "Eagle Group" rugs are also attributed, lived in the border area between South West Turkestan and North East Persia. Only a very few of their tent bands have survived. The fragment offered here constitutes approximately half of an originally much longer band (some 14 metres). Always very finely woven, the narrow jolamis of the Göklen are easily identified by their particular ornamentation and their deep luminous colours. The cruciform motifs decorated with hooks in particular are one of their distinctive features. These decorative bands conveyed a tribal symbolism whose meaning was understood by the tribe, but remains shrouded in mystery to us. Highly prestigious objects, they were hung on the inner sides of the tent on special occasions so that their continuous designs could be displayed in their entire length. – Very good condition.

    Literature:
    HAMBURGISCHES MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE (publ.), Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Die Kultur der turkmenischen Nomadenstämme Zentralasiens. Hamburg 1993, nos. 33, 43 *** ISAACSON, RICHARD, Architectural Textiles: Tent Bands of Central Asia. Washington, DC. 2007, nos. 5, 6 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 1. Munich 1989, no. 48 a

    • Lot143
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Baku region
    • Dimensions302 x 156 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR3,100
    This finely woven kilim presenting horizontal stripes of varying widths in mellow harmonious colours is probably a product of the Tat tribes who lived in the Baku region and the Absheron Peninsula. Stripes patterned with slanting red and white rhomboids and stripes of reciprocal stepped triangles alternate with monochrome undecorated bands. Such covers are called "pallas" by the Tat. – Very good condition.