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 23/1/2020.
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.
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.
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.
A village rug with real tribal soul, quirky and improvised, woven by a woman who might once have been a migrating Khamseh nomad in the vast wilderness of Fars. All thinkable birds and animals can be found, as well as many symbols guaranteed to protect its owner against evil as well as ensure fertility and prosperity. Natural colours, in good condition apart from a few spots of slight wear, side cords mostly original and some of the kilim end finishes still intact. Formerly in the collection of a diplomat settled in Ireland.
Together with the Quashq'ai, the Khamseh group of tribes were the makers of some of the finest tribal rugs of all time. Genuine examples, woven while the tribes were still migrating, have not been woven since the early 20th C, the tribes long since settled into sedentary village life in Fars. The few surviving rugs are important evidence of an extraordinary tribal culture with weaving skills beyond our comprehension. Each rug was different to any other as the weavers worked entirely from memory, using only natural colours and hand spun wool.
This design is sometimes referred to as "mother-and-child boteh", featuring a large boteh form containing smaller ones of different sizes. All rugs of this period were unique, carefully woven pieces intended for dowry or highly valued gifts to the tribal leaders. They were never in daily use on the yurt floor, instead carefully kept in storage only to be displayed on special occasions.
This rare piece is in very good condition for its age, complete all around with original kilim ends and side cords, showing very slight surface wear in small spots and only a couple of minute spot repairs.
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.
A very nicely woven Quashq'ai woven in the transitional period when the tribes had begun to settle into village life. Beautifully drawn, it features a sumptuous one-way Tree-of-Life design filled with flowers and vines, reminiscent of earlier "mille-fleurs" rugs woven by their ancestors.
In excellent condition throughout, full pile, good dyes, free of repairs, set to last for generations even with hard wear exposure. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
A very attractive early 20th C Abadeh rug with good design, good dyes and in good condition throughout. For further info on this piece, click Current Stock, then Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
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.