Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2010 at 3 p.m.

168 Lots
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  • Hotamis Kelim

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    • Lot89
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region Karapinar
    • Dimensions444 x 174 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Result EUR5,856
    Woven in two panels, this red-ground kilim may be attributed, like OS-101, to the Hotamis Turkomans from the region south of Karapinar. It has a similar design construction with two carnation elems and gül-like hexagons, although here the latter have been arranged to form two parallel pattern bands.

    FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Frühe türkische Tapisserien. Nuremberg 1984, pl. 43

  • Sivrihisar Flatweave

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    • Lot90
    • OriginWestern Central Anatolia
    • Dimensions182 x 76 cm
    • Age19th century
    • Result EUR2,318

    “This central Anatolian flatweave is reminiscent of the famous 15th century animal carpet in the Ethnographic Museum, Konya, published by Kurt Erdmann. The composition of the central field in that unique carpet could almost have been the prototype for this piece... The fact that such a 15th century design concept should have survived relatively unchanged on a 19th century flatweave supports the argument for strong design continuity in flatweaves. This was not the case with pile-woven carpets, which were much more influenced by changing fashions.” (JR)

    The animal carpet in the Mevlana Museum that this brocaded flatweave indeed resemples, is now dated to the 13th cent. The presence of an indigo sulphone dyestuff in OS-106 does not exclude a date around 1800 for this flatweave; that dyeing technique is documented in Saxony from 1740 onwards, and could have been known in Anatolia before 1800
    • Lot91
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions173 x 96 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Result EUR4,392

    “The design of this sadly incomplete rug could be described as naive. I might have been able to do it proper justice were it not at the end of fifty examples in what must surely be the most comprehensive collection of such rugs.”

    This tile-like pattern of diamonds quartered into four colour sections, and arranged point-to-point, produces interesting reciprocal effects: when concentrating on the central axis, one sees red cruciforms placed at an angle. The comparatively broad free spaces on the sides of the field have been decorated with tiny polygons and amulet by the weaver. The miniature format leads us to assume that the item is a “yastik”.
  • Ladik Long Rug

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    • Lot92
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions413 x 127 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Result EUR10,980

    “A more authentic version of this type is shown in plate 179. As this is a typical workshop product, obvious emphasis was placed on the perfect repeat of the ‘medailon forms’ and the regular addition of secondary elements. Despite the contrast red-yellow-blue, this palette cannot be described as aggressive.” (FS)

    The “tulip”design of this Ladik runner, which was published as early as 1985 by Herrmann, is closely related to Ottoman court art. It might have been made as a commission for a provincial official or other dignitary, and is clearly older than the fragment OS-179; the latter must be viewed as a work of folk art, and was probably woven at a later date.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 7. Munich 1985, no. 4

  • Fachralo Kazak

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    • Lot93
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions135 x 106 cm
    • AgeCa. 1870
    • Result EUR4,392
    Slight signs of age and wear. Original sides, somewhat reduced at the top, the red-and-white end stripe at the bottom has been repiled.
    • Lot94
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions250 x 140 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR14,640
    The composition of this Kazak, with three large rectangles containing specific designs on a red field, is reminiscent of Chajli rugs. The wide border of large motifs is striking. Good condition, with the original end and side finishes. A high pile and comparatively fine weave, extremely glossy wool and a warm, harmonious palette.
  • Yomut Main Carpet

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    • Lot97
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions310 x 185 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR21,960
    The chestnut field of this antique Yomut main carpet contains a repeat of spaciously arranged kepse güls placed in colour diagonals. The white-ground border shows boat designs set in a wavy vine, the red secondary borders are decorated with small stepped polygons. The wide elems contain colourful tree forms. Finely woven in the symmetric knot, with a brush-like dense pile and clear brilliant colours. Possibly a weaving by the Igdir tribe. Newly overcast sides, three of the four corners have been restored, minor areas of repiling.

    ELMBY, HANS, Antikke Turkmenske Tæpper IV. Antique Turkmen Rugs Copenhagen 1998, no. 19

    • Lot98
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions192 x 113 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century.
    • Result EUR2,684
    In his article „Bahluli?“, recently published in HALI, Dewitt Mallary attempted to identify a certain group of nomad Khorasan rugs, previously summarily attributed to the Baluch, as works by the Bahluli tribe in the Qainat region. Coarsely woven in the symmetric knot and with the typical striped kilims as well as a tile design of large octagons, this pretty example belongs to the group discussed. A comparative piece of identical field design was published by Bausback. Original finishes all around, slight signs of wear in the pile.

    MALLARY, DEWITT, Bahluli? HALI 162, London 2009, pp. 68 ff. *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte Knüpfarbeiten der Belutschen. Mannheim 1980, fig. p. 33

    • Lot99
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions164 x 123 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,830
    This Afshar, with a repeat of large cypresses placed in offset rows on a midnight blue field and a border of light colours, displays the typical coarse knotting structure of weavings made in the surroundings of Sirjan. Newly overcast sides, low pile, slightly reduced ends.

    AZADI, SIAWOSCH, Some Methodological Aspects and Problems of Research into Oriental Carpets. HALI 1, 3, London 1978, fig. p. 263

  • Bakhtiari Horse Cover

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    • Lot100
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions145 x 153 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Result EUR1,647
    A Bakhtiari horse cover woven in two separate sections and joined at the centre of the field. The piece displays the typical mixed technique of pile-woven designs arranged in horizontal stripes on a white, coarse, weft-face plainweave kilim ground. As is often seen in this type, the two pattern panels at the lower end show stylised human figures, indicating that the trapping may have been made for a wedding. Completely preserved, good condition.