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 13/12/2018.
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.
This is a classical example of the distinctive Tafresh rugs, very different in both colouring and style of design from other Hamadan village production. Tightly knotted with excellent wool and good natural colours, Tafresh rugs from this period offer great value for money. This piece is in perfect, virtually untouched condition, complete with its original ends and sides intact.
A finely woven, elegant and well drawn Bakthiari rug, with great natural colours, reminiscent of the more formal rugs woven in nearby Isfahan. In excellent condition throughout. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
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 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.
This is a very beautiful, softly coloured and laid back piece, stunning natural colours and an unusually open handle of design. It really looks its true age but is in excellent condition, the only minute issue is the loss of 2 knot rows at the lower short end, now secured.
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.
This exceptional rug is considerably older, and finer, than most of the good Kashans you come across on international markets. The pale blue ground is both rare and highly sought after by collectors and decorators alike. Having hung on a wall for many decades it is in very good, original condition throughout apart from spots of very slight surface wear. For further info on this piece, click on Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
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 truly "funky" and quirky rug, originally woven as a sleeping rug (yatak) with thick, high pile and coarse weave. There are a number of high quality old restorations but generally it is in excellent condition. For further info on this piece click on Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
A powerful, highly decorative 19th C Caucasian rug with a very rare border, in superb condition throughout. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
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.