Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

175 Lots
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    • Lot45
    • OriginCentral Caucasus
    • Dimensions267 x 109 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR6,200

    The designs of Genje rugs are heterogeneous  and frequently influenced by other regions. In this very finely woven example, the narrow central field is filled with diagonal stripes in the style of Shirvan carpets. The wide five-band border resembles Karabagh weavings in ornamentation and palette. – Repiled lower finish, new overcasting along the sides, good overall condition with a high pile.

    • Lot46
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions221 x 123 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Result EUR2,728

    Three large diamonds with serrated outlines are aligned on the central axis of the blazing red field, each enclosing a cruciform floral cluster. Analogous devices are offset against them along the sides. The white main border displays a geometrically stylised vine with flowers in diverse colours. A comparative example with an Armenian inscription and the date 1886 is in the History Museum of Armenia in Yerevan. – Slight signs of age and wear, two short stitched vertical tears, replaced selvedges.

    KERIMOW, LJATIF, et al., Kaukasische Teppiche. Leningrad 1984, no. 87

  • Sauj Bulag

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    • Lot47
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions221 x 141 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR9,675

    This Kurdish rug featuring a garden design was woven in the mountainous region surrounding Lake Urmia. The group is known as Sauj Bulag, a name derived from their old trading centre. A large tree decorated with palmettes, serrated diamonds and leaves constitutes the central axis of the mirror-image composition; the lateral spaces contain octagons and large cartouches. Drawn in brilliant and diverse colours, the designs stand out like reliefs from the corroded dark brown ground of the field. The yellow main border is embellished with a leaf and calyx vine. – Slight signs of age and wear, corroded brown, original finishes all around.

  • Kurdish Rug

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    • Lot49
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions225 x 129 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Result EUR2,750

    This Kurdish rug is a weaving by the Shakak tribe who lived in the area north west of Lake Urmia. A dense tile design of large diamonds covers the dark brown field. According to Eagleton's research, the spider-like gül within the diamonds is a favourite motif of the Shakak tribe. The white main border is decorated with large bold crosses. Burns illustrates an even older example of the group. – Signs of age and wear, one crease, damaged ends, selvedges in need of repair.

    EAGLETON, WILLIAM, An Introduction to Kurdish Rugs and other Weavings. New York 1988, pls. 7 & 8 *** BURNS, JAMES D., Antique Rugs of Kurdistan. London 2002, no. 64, p. 202

    • Lot50
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Guchan
    • Dimensions321 x 158 cm
    • Agefirst quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR2,852

    Except for slight damage to the two end finishes, this expressive Kurdish rug woven in the Darreh Gaz region north east of Guchan is very well preserved.

    STANZER, WILFRIED, Kordi. Leben. Knüpfen. Weben der Kurden Khorasans. Kollektion Adil Besim. Vienna 1988, ill. p. 71

  • Azeri Shadda

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    • Lot51
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions203 x 177
    • Age19th century
    • Result EUR2,125

    A two-panel cover woven in the tabby technique on red and blue warps. The open red field, which is empty except for one small white hooked diamond, and the wide, deep blue lateral sections are interlocked by large reciprocal trefoils drawn without any outlines. The narrow border is decorated with hooked diamonds. – Good condition.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, auction 86. Vok Collection. Selection 1, 11 April 2015, lot 15 *** LANDREAU, ANTHONY N. & PICKERING, W.R., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1969, no. 112

    • Lot52
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman
    • Dimensions121 x 97 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Result EUR2,480

    In the second half of the 19th century, several Afshar tribes gave up their nomadic lifestyle and began to settle in villages in the wider Kerman area. This very pretty example was woven in a village workshop. A luxuriantly flowering shrub grows from a vase that stands alone in the field; its deep blue ground colour is a symbol of the night. The singing nightingale perched on one of the upper branches fits in with this theme. – New overcasting along the sides, otherwise very well preserved.

    • Lot53
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman
    • Dimensions166 x 124 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,480

    The design of a red stepped central medallion and flowering trees growing from two vases, as well as quarter sections of analogous medallions in the corners of the field, goes back to urban models from Kerman. It has been translated into the geometric nomad style. The white-ground main border contains an angular vine with rosettes and highly abstract palmettes. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    EILAND, MURRAY L., Oriental Rugs from Pacific Collections. San Francisco 1990, no. 46, p. 79

  • Varamin Ru Khorsi

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    • Lot54
    • OriginNorth Persia
    • Dimensions179 x 160 cm
    • Ageca. 1900
    • Result EUR2,356

    This square flatwoven cover with a pile-woven design of hooked diamonds in the wide border and a large, similarly pile-woven cruciform motif in the camel field is from the Varamin area. The white-ground border makes this particularly beautiful example look brighter than comparative pieces, which are often somewhat sombre. Moreover, the spacious design layout stands out as a pleasant feature. - "Ru khorsi" (literally: cover over the table) is the Persian word for these textiles, which were drawn across a charcoal brazier around which the family gathered on cold days. Only made for home use, ru khorsis were rarely sold and are coveted collector’s items.  – Very good condition.

    GEWERBEMUSEUM BASEL (publ.), Alte Teppiche aus dem Orient. Basel 1980, p. 82 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IX. Munich 1987, no. 51 *** HOUSEGO, JENNY, Tribal Rugs. London 1978, pl. 141

  • Luri Bag Face

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    • Lot55
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Zagros
    • Dimensions63 x 109 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR5,704

    The face of a large Luri cargo bag from the Zagros mountain region. A very solid and firmly depressed textile largely woven in the sumakh technique as well as other flatweaving techniques. The white details and the white-ground horizontal stripe are cotton. Making flatweaves of this kind was far more difficult than knotting a carpet and required great skill. The five horizontal stripes depict a large number of animals and humans. Six horsemen traverse the lowermost stripe from left to right, while a camel caravan led by a guide moves across the stripe above. The weaver’s narrative intention is obvious – a blend of reality and imagination enriched with symbols. The central stripe containing colourful botehs and tiny birds is surrounded and thus accentuated by a border of reciprocal undulating lines (running dog). – Good condition. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

    DE FRANCHIS, AMADEO & WERTIME, JOHN, Lori and Bakhtiari Flatweaves. Tehran 1976, no. 14 A *** OPIE, JAMES, Tribal Rugs. Portland 1992, no. 7.23, p. 123