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Single Owner Auction - The Kossow Collection

Saturday 26. March 2011 at 3 p.m.

165 Lots
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0.878 GBP1 Euro
1.409 USD1 Euro
  • Shahsavan Horse Cover

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    • Lot1
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions159 x 120 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR2,196
    A yellow-ground Shahsavan horse cover woven in one piece, with a design in sumakh technique on a kilim ground. Small rectangles, each decorated with two arrows, have been arranged into vertical rows in the field. The border consists of two panels of interlocking S-forms. – Good condition.
  • Shahsavan Mafrash Narrow Panels (2)

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    • Lot2
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Mianeh region
    • Dimensionsa= 51x57 cm, b= 48x61 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR110
    Two narrow panels of a kilim mafrash of identical design, with a border of brocaded ornaments along the top edge. The red-ground fields each display an oversized white hexagon notched at the sides enclosing a gül-like diamond decorated with long hooks. – The lower end is probably missing the border, otherwise in good condition.
  • Qashqa’i Horse Cover, Amaleh Tribe

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    • Lot3
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions143 x 130 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR1,952
    A horse cover by the Amaleh tribe composed of two panels, with a warp-faced kilim ground and a design woven in sumakh technique. Two large lions holding swords (the Persian national symbol), a human figure and twelve four-legged animals stand freely on the white ground. – Slight signs of wear.
  • Qashqa’i Bag Face, Safi Khani Tribe

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    • Lot4
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions47 x 49 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,440
    A bag face by the Safi Khani tribe; the pistachio coloured field is decorated with a central octagon enclosing a slanting, red solid cross. Four hooked diamonds adorn the corners; the narrow border contains reciprocal hooked designs. – Newly overcast sides, otherwise well preserved.

    Literature:
    PARHAM, CYRUS & AZADI, SIAVOSH, Tribal and Village Rugs from Fars. Tehran 1992. Vol. 2 (Persian edition), ill. p. 17

  • Qashqa’i Decorative Band

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    • Lot5
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions158 x 32 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR244
    A decorative band with a brilliant orange kilim ground. The narrow border and horizontal stripes dividing the band into segments are pile-woven, as are the blossoms in some of the segments. Good condition.
  • Khamseh, Arabi Tribes

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    • Lot6
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions234 x 170 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,782
    The midnight blue field is narrowed to a design bar by red trapeze shapes placed along the sides. Three white-ground diamonds with a cruciform interior drawing have been linked in a pole-like arrangement along the central axis. The rug design is decidedly narrative in character: there is a striking number of animal representations in the field, as well as four horsemen on white saddled horses. In the white-ground main border we see a human chain of 45 men and women. – Both ends somewhat reduced, newly overcast sides. Low pile, small repiled areas.

    Literature:
    OPIE, JAMES, Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia. Portland 1981, pl. p. 101

  • Luri Bag, Boyer Ahmadi Tribe

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    • Lot7
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions48 x 50 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR2,440
    A rare Luri bag in mixed technique, with some flatwoven and some pile-woven sections. The (flatwoven) field displays nine knotted flowers; the border shows a knotted design of diagonal stripes. The bag is probably half of a khorjin. The back has survived. – Slight signs of wear.
    • Lot8
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions56 x 33 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR732
    A flatwoven Qashqa’i bag in miniature format, its white-ground field densely patterned in small, dark blue diamonds containing tiny red S-forms that probably symbolise stylised mythological animals. Due to the use of cotton yarn, the lower section of the field appears distinctly lighter than the yellow wool ground above it. A plain red kilim back framed by a yellow-green serrated band. – Small rewoven sections, several repairs.

    Literature:
    LANDREAU, ANTHONY N. & PICKERING, W. R., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1969, no. 92 *** THOMPSON, JON, Timbuktu to Tibet. Exotic Rugs & Textiles From New York Collections. New York 2008, fig. 50

  • Qashqa’i Decorative Band

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    • Lot9
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions174 x 25 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR610
    The white flatwoven ground displays a design of human figures, amulets and diamonds symmetrically arranged around the centre; the motifs are pile-woven to produce a relief-like effect. Three and two quadrupeds respectively are woven in sumakh technique at the ends. – Slight signs of wear.
    • Lot13
    • OriginWestern Central Persia, Chahar Mahal
    • Dimensions111 x 124 cm
    • Age1334 AH = 1916 AD
    • Result EUR1,098
    An almost square flatweave in which the bold knotted section shaped like a salt bag and surrounded by a border provides a central highlight. Called "tasheh", such textiles were originally sewn up on three sides and used as sacks. Woven by settled Luri tribal groups exclusively for home use in Chahar Mahal Bakhtiari province, tashehs served to store and carry grains or flour. Filled sacks were placed in houses or loaded onto pack animals in a way that left the pile-woven sections visible; their individual designs allowed the contents or owners to be quickly identified, and thus served as a kind of "label". Usually two tashehs were woven together in one long panel. This was later separated along the centre and made up into two individual sacks, meaning that tashehs always existed in pairs (an illustration in MacDonald shows an example before division). As pack animals were loaded on both sides, owning two identical tashehs made sense. Until circa twenty years ago, tashehs were little known in the west. They only came to be sold when they began to be replaced by cheap jute or plastic sacks in the late 1970s. The Kossow Collection contains twelve such pieces, several of them published in the Bieler exhibition catalogue (text by Tanavoli). This example stands out due to its large, unmissable date in the field. - Good condition.

    Literature:
    MACDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures Of The Black Tent. Woodbridge 1997, pl. 145

    Published:
    BIELER, HERBERT & TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Tasheh. Das Webstück mit dem Siegel der Heiligkeit? Eine Dokumentation zur begleitenden Ausstellung. Maria Enzersdorf 1994, pl. p. 19