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 30/7/2020.
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 top quality example of Bakhtiari weaving originating from the most highly renowned village in the region, in perfect condition throughout. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A very rare and beautiful Persian tribal rug of exceptional quality, finely knotted with the pile clipped short to achieve a crisp, clear design. Apart from very slight, overall surface wear in excellent condition with original end kilims and side cords intact, free of repairs.
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This jewel of a rug is an outstanding example of Persian tribal art in perfect, original condition. Having been hung on a wall for much of its previous life it has remained untouched by wear or dirt, the original hanging rings still present and the pile full throughout.
The large "boteh" design is well documented in Khamseh weavings, sometimes known in the West as "Paisley" from the shawls woven in Scotland in the 19th C. Here, the large "boteh" contain small Tree-of-Life motifs with smaller "boteh", symbolising a "mother-and-child" image with symbols of fertility. A wonderful, perfectly preserved masterpiece of original Persian tribal rug art.
Ref: J. Opie, Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia, p.102-103.
This group of Quashq'ai weavings were woven during the tribe's gradual settlement from nomadic to sedentary life. They are robust, hard wearing rugs, with excellent natural colours and original, yet slightly more formal, designs. Many of them also happened to be woven in a rare and very desirable middle size around 8 x 5 ft, a hard one to find in most other Persian weavings.
This rug is virtually unused, in absolutely original and complete condition, full pile, no repairs. If you are looking for a rug that will give you pleasure for generations, this one comes highly recommended. The natural dyes are impervious to light and water, meaning you can have the rug cleaned repeatedly without risk of colour running or fading. This image does not do the piece justice, other images supplied if requested.
Gabbeh rugs were woven by Persian tribes, mostly from the Fars province. Made for utilitarian purposes, woven in thick, glossy and hard wearing wool, these pieces were woven totally freestyle, the emphasis being on form and colour.
This is a rare, antique example, woven almost a century before these rugs became high fashion in the west. In very good condition apart from some spots of slight wear in the centre. Would look stunning almost anywhere, perhaps especially in a minimal, contemporary environment, on the floor or, if you dare, on the wall!
A very attractive, evocative piece with superb natural colours and spontaneous design, both the hallmarks of good 19th Caucasian village rugs. The weaver has worked entirely from memory, placing the motifs as she saw fit, playing with colour combinations in a way you never come across in later commercial Oriental rugs. Note also the single male with his goat - perhaps this was woven as a gift for an important individual, clearly not woven just for commerce or barter.
The brown wool warp might suggest the weaver was Kurdish - pockets of Kurdish villages exist almost throughout this region - adding to its unique attraction.
Having been owned by a continental family with a strong interest in Oriental rugs, this piece has been very well looked after - apart from the rebound side cords and two minute corner repairs the rug is in very good condition throughout. Reference literature can be supplied by request.
A beautiful tribal rug from a time when the Quashq'ai nomads were gradually abandoning their ancient nomadic lifestyle in favour of becoming sedentary villagers, perhaps only taking small migratings during the hottest season. The earliest examples were often masterpieces of tribal art, now fetching huge prices at international auctions, whereas a piece of this vintage and background is still highly affordable.
The rug has clearly been cherished by its previous owners, kept in superb condition with original kilims and side cords still intact, in near full pile throughout and a gorgeous, supple handle.
A beautiful, characterful rug woven by a village weaver entirely from memory, ie no other identical rug exists - in stark contrast to later Russian factory mass produce where so-called Caucasian rugs with precise, sterile designs and poor dyes were churned out in large numbers. Filled with quirky motifs the rug depicts the weaver's artistic interpretation of village life, much of it probably passed on for generations.
All natural dyes, good wool, in very good condition with only minor restoration such as a correction weave at the top short end and two small reweaves in the lower field end. Note the intriguing five panels at the lower end, pictures of other rugs perhaps? Rugs like this are actively collected by a world wide audience of rug enthusiasts.
An impressive Bordjalou Kazak with a powerful and decorative presence, great natural colours and a very rare size to find in any Antique Oriental rug.
The simplicity of design would work equally well in traditional as well as contemporary settings with big, chunky seating etc. It would also be a knockout on a large, plain wall in need of a strong statement of colour and bold design.
In excellent condition apart from a few minor, old repairs to the lower kilim end, plus some small spots of professionally performed re-piling. The upper short end has been rewoven by two knot rows - none of the above mentioned noticeable to the untrained eye. Note the quirky goat in the upper border.
The various tribal groups generally placed under the umbrella name of "Baluch" mainly produced small, oblong rugs, either of "Mihrab" (prayer rug) design or a variety of all-over, abstract field arrangements. Long and wide pieces were less common and to find an example like this, in virtually pristine order with full pile, original ends and sidecors, is an achievement. Most antique Baluch pieces were often destroyed by neglect and not considered of much value until recently - now they are much sought after by decorators and collectors alike, because of their sombre colourings and easy to place, rhythmic all-over designs.
In the West, early Tekke "Bokhara" carpets have always been among the most desirable and expensive floor coverings. Delicate in design, never crowded, dyed in warm, pleasant shades of red, they have remained in demand as prime furnishing carpets and collector's items, independent of fashion.
This is one of the best examples we have ever had, extremely finely knotted in superb, silky quality wool. The composition of four by ten "Guls" was the classical, best balanced feature of early examples, framed by wonderful borders of spontaneously composed motifs.
There are two minor, adjacent reweaves along the right border halfway up the field, otherwise the carpet is in very good condition with only very slight, even spot wear and complete with its original kilim ends. A rare, great carpet for the discerning collector.
Ref: W. Loges, Turkoman Tribal Rugs, pl 2