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 relative rarity within its group.
Click on images to enlarge. More images of each lot available upon request.This section updated 7/3/2018.
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 very similar Bidjar to the piece that decorated our May Weekend exhibition cover. Although the main design and colour choices are highly similar, many differences are found in minor details in both borders and field, suggesting the two may have been woven by the same weavers. The May example had a very slight edge in allowing more open spaces, creating a calmer impression. However, like the May piece, this rug is a cracking good Bidjar of very robust weave, in full pile throughout, with beautiful natural colours and a life expectancy of generations.
Purchased by the previous owner as an old piece in a renowned carpet shop in Stockholm in 1965, this superb Bidjar has since been lovingly nursed to old age without a single blemish. The pile is as full as it was when new around 100 years ago and the side cords are original and untouched. The only thing that went missing at some point was the original Bidjar short end braidings but the ends are now secured without any pile loss.
All dyes are natural, the knot count around 250 pr square inch or a total of 1,27 million the piece. The next owner will receive the original Stockholm invoice issued by Robert Ditzinger in 1965. A jewel of a rug that will take traffic on the floor for several future generations.
A very beautiful, early example from Karadja with superb colours, in excellent condition. For further info on this piece, click on Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
A traditional Karadja rug woven on cotton warp and blue cotton wefts, finely knotted with naturally dyed wool and preserved in very good condition throughout. Note the quirky irregularities in the main border, indicating this was woven in an original cottage industry environment rather than in supervised workshops.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Original and true tribal rugs are rapidly disappearing from the market, collector's holding on to them and a growing group of young enthusiasts also becoming fascinated by this extinct art form. Some experts on tribal rugs (like James Opie, Oregon) argue that no genuine tribal rugs have been woven since the early 20th Century. When you look at the real thing, with all its charming spontaneity and vitality, and compare with the rugs woven later by settled tribeswomen, you would agree.
The Khamseh tribes were the only Fars nomads who wove these large, bird-like "boteh" motifs, sometimes all facing the same way, at other times alternating as in this example. The large number of organically dyed colours is impressive. In good condition apart from two minor corrections to weave kinks, as well as small areas of slight wear. Part of the original kilims are present at both ends, as are the original side cords with only minor over sewing.
Ref: J. Opie, Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia, pages 102-103.
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 handsome Quashq'ai rug with soft colours and lustrous wool, the field with a spontaneous arrangement of boteh motifs with matching boteh forms in the corners. In good condition throughout apart from small spots of slight wear.
A highly decorative, quirky and well preserved rug from tribal background, in very good condition throughout, all original. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down. The image herewith does not do the piece justice.
In perfect, virtually unused condition, complete with original ends and sides, in full pile. For further info on this piece, click on Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down. This image is not flattering - other images can be supplied if required.
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!
This impressive rug is reminiscent of early "vase" rugs woven in Kerman, mainly from the 16th and 17th C and in much larger sizes. In this rug, what is an apparent symmetrical all-over design has in fact many variations in design details, most notably in the top and bottom borders, adding tremendous life and interest to the rug. The knot count is around 464 pr sq inch, or a massive 2,5 million knots in total, requiring a weave time (for a single weaver) of approx. 500 working days.
In excellent condition with near full pile throughout, original end finishes and side cords. All dyes are natural (organic).
This is an unusual carpet with superb, natural colours, great quality wool and robust weave. According to J P Willborg in his study of the Bakthiar group, Feridans were woven by settled Bakthiari village weavers. You can see the Bakthiar influence in the clear, contrasting colours and powerful design. Note the small human figures, one in each field corner. In excellent condition throughout, all intact and original.
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.
A decorative "Bokhara" carpet, woven by settled descendants of the nomadic Tekke tribe, in fairly good condition with slight, even allover wear, solid around the edges. For further info on this piece, click on Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.