The following is a complete listing of our Antique and Semi-antique rugs and carpets in current stock. They are arranged in order of size, starting with the smallest.
Each and every piece has been personally and carefully selected, based on 45 years of experience buying Antique rugs. I only buy exceptional pieces in perfect or near perfect condition, preferably untouched by restoration, alterations, heavy wear, artificial "antique wash" treatments or any other interference that would negatively effect value.
The quality must be top end, as must be artistic merit, visual appeal and, ideally, a degree of relative rarity within its group.
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This section updated 13/10/2019.
A typical Baluch piece with a lattice grid of "mina khani" flowers inside a powerful border, woven in high quality lanolin rich wool at a high knot count of around 145/sq inch. In near perfect condition apart from small spots of slight surface wear, the original side cords and end kilims present, free of repair. Ex a Swedish collection where it has been unused for two decades.
A beautiful 19th C Baluch rug of great character, originality and presence. The narrow outlining in brown has corroded slightly, creating a relief effect in the design that you often see in really old examples. The general pile is still very good, meaning the rug can well be used on the floor. The end kilims are beautifully woven, the lower one showing some minor damage which has since been restored. Original side cords and no other repairs. For a vaguely related example, see J. Boucher - Baluch rugs, pl. 11.
A robust, tightly knotted and decorative "Bokhara" rug, in excellent condition throughout apart from missing 2-3 knot rows at each short end. Antique "Bokhara" rugs are increasingly difficult to find, still in the top ratings for furnishing purposes where they tend to sit comfortably both in classical and contemporary settings.
With their curvilinear designs, tight knotting and fine wool, Tafresh rugs differ from the main style of Hamadan rugs. This example feature the oldest and most commonly found design in the region with an elaborate 16-foil medallion repeated in the corners. Tafrish also feature a different range of colours including an apricot and pale sky blue as seen in this rug. Apart from a few minute spots of slight wear and some oversewing of the side cords, the rug is in very good condition throughout.
The distinctive rugs from Tafresh are easily recognised by their floral designs based around a 16-foil medallion, as well as by the finer quality than most other rugs from Hamadan. The colour palette of Tafresh rugs also differ from any other Hamadan villages with ample use of yellows, creams and pinks.
This finely woven example is in untouched, perfect condition throughout, full pile and original finishes. A great, decorative rug that will serve for several generations to come.
One of the best Hamadan rugs I have ever stocked, this beautiful piece is both unusual and exceptional. Woven on an all-wool foundation (most Hamadans are on cotton) with superb quality glossy wool pile, at a higher than average knot density for the region.
The rug has clearly been lovingly cared for by previous custodians, in virtually untouched condition with original ends, sides and full pile intact. Its true age is clearly visible by the abrash (dye variation) across the border and the fantastic natural colours. For related examples, see Tad Runge's excellent study of Hamadans, One Woman One Weft, pl 10 & 15.
A very finely woven Bakthiari rug with a highly elegant, symmetrically arranged design, to some degree inspired by the superb and complex rugs woven in nearby Isfahan. The clear, all natural colours are typical of Bakthiar work as are most of the motifs and ornaments, yet with a knot count of almost 300/sq inch the rug it rivals the best of Persian town weavings.
In excellent condition throughout, only missing the original short end kilim at the top end, free of repairs, it's a beautiful, hard wearing and highly accomplished example of its type.
This stunning rug is a great example of vintage Persian understanding of design and harmonising colours. The ivory ground contrasts beautifully against the deep indigo border and the chestnut inner field, lifting the entire composition to a very satisfying overall effect. The use of multiple colours reminds me of the famous advice given by Paul Gaugain to his art students:
"Oh you painters who ask for a technique of colour, look at carpets and there you will find all knowledge."
In excellent condition throughout with only marginal spot repairs to ends and sides, the side cords mostly original, nothing missing at the ends, a few small areas showing very slight wear. The lanolin rich wool pile makes the natural colours glow like jewels. A beautiful rug, suitable for floor use as well as a major art statement on the wall.
A finely woven double-wefted piece with a design that clearly originates in the Ferahan tradition. Rugs of this type are sometimes referred to as "Ferahan Sarouks" in the trade but the majority of such pieces have a hexagonal inner field with a small centre medallion. This rug has a rather individual interpretation of the Herati all-over design, with a "turtle vine" border commonly used in the region. The rug has very glossy, high quality wool and excellent natural colours, in full pile throughout. The original end finishes and sidecords remain intact.
Ivory ground antique Oriental rugs have always been top of the list in the decorators' markets with a big premium attached to the light ground alone, sometimes regardless of the intrinsic quality of the rug. During the boom years we could never get close to these treasures which invariably ended up in New York or California. This is a beautiful example with superb design and colouring, with charming birds and acanthus leaves in the field. To us it's the kind of rug that should ideally be hung on a wall where it would transmit calm and warmth to an entire room - however it's in good enough condition despite its age to be placed on the floor. Good pile throughout, original side cords and lower end kilim intact, no restoration work.
For references, see Bernheimer, London, 1987 exhibition, pl. 22, and P Bausback, Mannheim, 1981 exhibition, p. 84 and 85.
A powerful, tightly knotted and robust Bidjar rug woven on cotton warp, giving the rug tremendous weight. Bidjar rugs of this structure and quality are undoubtedly the most hard wearing of all Oriental rugs, therefore highly suitable for areas of heavy traffic. The all natural dyes are equally of good quality and durability - you rarely come across a 100 yr old Bidjar that shows any sign of fading, rather a gradual and appealing softening of the clear colours.
In excellent condition throughout, full pile, original side cords, only missing its original braided ends. A great rug that will last for generations to come.
An unusual rug woven by a tribe whose earlier weavings are now rare and highly sought after. Woven on cotton it is clearly a village rug but the design and choice of colours are typical Avshari. The ivory ground really offsets the beautiful shades of natural colours, notably the greens and blues, to a very pleasing effect. The stylized tree-of-life motifs filled with pairs of birds gives it a real tribal feel.
In excellent, original condition throughout with full pile and intact side cords and end finishes. Cecil Edwards in his comprehensive study The Persian Carpet of 1953 illustrates a related example attributed to the village Deh Shotoran, Pl. 277. Edwards dates his piece C. 1938, describing the weavers of Deh Shotoran as "among the best in the area".
A beautiful and highly decorative rug, perfect as a sumptuous furnishing piece with its calming, easy presence. Great natural colours, superb quality glossy wool, in full pile throughout and with its original side cords and end finishes intact. Photographed in low season sunlight, hence the irritating shadow from the garden.
A nice village rug from Karadja, woven at a time when natural dyes and some freestyle weaving were still de rigeur. A useful aspect of Karadja rugs is their frequent squareness, like this example which is over 5 ft wide but not longer than 6'4" - there is much demand for that size in furnishing inquiries. For further info, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
This Kashan is of higher than normal quality, woven in fine wool pile dyed with only natural colours. The design is exceptionally well drawn with great flair and sense of proportions, with a range of beautiful colours that are masterfully combined. In spotless condition, full pile, original side cords, no loss at ends.
Originally sold in our showrooms in 1999, this stunning rug was always a favourite, both from a quality and decorative viewpoint. The gracefully drawn design has many curious features such as the "vac-vac" (talking tree) motif hanging from the top of the arch, and the families of cockerel, hen and chicks at the base. The soft, pale blue colour is very rare and highly sought after, contrasting beautifully with the deeper border colours - a masterpiece of Persian rug design and understanding of harmonising colours.
Having spent much of its time on the wall the rug is in excellent condition for its considerable age, complete with original ends and sides, free of repairs apart from some minute spots of side cord binding.
A very unusual colour combination for Kashan rugs, this was originally one of an identical pair, perhaps specifically commissioned at the time. The design is more reminiscent of Sarouk but the weave, format and minor borders are undoubtedly Kashan. Finely knotted at almost 290/sq inch, in very good condition throughout apart from one minute repair at upper short end, original end finishes and side cords present.
An unusual and beautifully drawn Kashan probably designed by the master Dabir. Unlike the mainstream of Kashans with either center medallion or Tree-of-Life design, this rug is intricately drawn, dividing the field into curved cartouches and sections, each with floral motifs around a small centre medallion. The soft, pale colours are equally unusual, making the rug both highly decorative and also collectible.
In excellent, original condition throughout, only one minute reweave in the field (made to remove a small stain), full pile and original ends and sides. A beautiful example of clever Persian rug art.
A well drawn, beautifully composed Mihrab design with an attractive and unusual (for Kashan) range of soft natural colours. The flowering vase and delicately drawn sprays and tendrils are classic Kashan work. A very good rug in full pile and free of repairs apart from two minute repairs to upper left and lower right corners.
One of our best city rugs in current stock, this newly acquired piece has everything we look for in a good antique rug: superb design, natural colours, top class weave at over 340 pr sq inch, absolutely perfect throughout with parts of the original end finishes intact, original sidecords and full pile, free of repairs. A beautiful rug to own, suitable for floor use as well as for prominent display on a wall.
A very elegant Isfahan rug with a beautiful Shah Abbas all-over design on cream ground, showing superb flair on part of the designer. The main border is both unusual and pleasing, with open and restful space framing the field perfectly. The rug holds approx. 1,5 million hand tied knots. Apart from very slight, even surface wear it is in excellent condition with original end finishes and side cords intact.
Some of the most beautiful Tree-of-Life rugs were woven over a century ago in Isfahan where the weaving skills and masterful designers have always been among the best in all of Persia. Although you could argue that rugs with a "mihrab" (prayer arch) were destined for use as prayer rugs, the size of most examples of this group were too large for this purpose. Instead, these pieces aimed to be exceptionally decorative and evocative, the ivory mihrab field forming the gateway to Paradise with its riches of flora and fauna to be enjoyed in the afterlife.
This finely knotted example (knot count close to 400/sq inch) is beautifully drawn, all the dyes organic, in very good, original condition throughout apart from fractional loss at the upper short end(1-2 knot rows only). It has spent most of its life on a wall where it offers maximum decorative effect as well as conservation for future generations.
A beautiful, early Isfahan piece with lighter than usual colour palette and very skilfully drawn design. The knot count is around 380/square inch or 608000 knots per sq meter, giving a total knot acount of approx 1,7 million. The amount of time and skilled craftmanship that goes into making something like this is way beyond most western people's comprehension. The rug is probably around 120 years old and as such in very good condition, showing only very slight corrosion in some details pile with walnut brown. There are two minute spots of repairs in the field but of no consequence. SIdes and ends are complete and original, only the end kilims are missing.
Yatak rugs were originally woven for home use by villagers and tribal people as special sleeping rugs with thick, high quality wool pile and coarse weave. The quirky and very powerful design is clearly spontaneously woven into the rug as the weaver saw fit, real "freestyle" as I call them, definitely a one of a kind piece representing a long lost tradition.
There are a number of old, small and professionally performed restorations, almost invisible to the eye, otherwise the rug is in excellent condition. Wonderful, all natural colours and superb quality lanolin rich wool. A real collector's rug at a modest price.
The is a wonderful and highly decorative example of 19th C Caucasian village rug art, epitomising all the characteristics that have made genuine, early examples globally collectible. Clear and bright colours (all natural), un-cluttered and quirky design and a very tactile handle makes Caucasian rugs easily recognisable and desirable.
The powerful border is both rare and attractive, creating a beautiful, uplifting framework for the calm red field. Note the two charming goats in the upper field. In very good condition throughout, near full pile and only a couple of minute spot repairs.