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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In this group there are 12 pieces of older stock that are temporarily offered at Special Summer Sale Offers, ending August 2018. This section updated 17/8/2018.
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 rare and very attractive 19th C village rug with charming design and beautiful natural colours, in very good condition throughout. For further info on the piece, click on Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
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.
€4400.- SUMMER SALE OFFER € 3700.-
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.
€4800.- SUMMER SALE OFFER € 3600.-
A handsome and decorative early 20th C carpet with good wool and natural colours - the design with a higher number of more densely placed "guls" but still showing a degree of spontaneity around the borders. The carpet has slight but even wear but only a few minute spot repairs, the original sidecords still present and no loss at the short ends except for the original kilims. Perfect size for a set of dining room furniture!
A very attractive and finely preserved carpet with classical "Bokhara" design, with natural colours and no repairs. For further into on this piece click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down. Better images will be posted shortly.
A charming carpet woven by settled Khamseh tribeswomen who at this time still used natural colours and traditional hand spun wool. The carpet was clearly woven "freestyle", the vast range of symbols and motifs placed where ever the weaver saw fit, containing the whole range of ancient tribal symbols and motifs seen in early tribal pieces from this region. Note the human figures and multitude of birds and animals. In very good condition throughout, complete with original side cords and intact end finishes. There is some very slight spot wear of little consequence, if anything adding to its originality and charm.
The distinctive Joshagan carpets have been woven for over two centuries, the style of design having remained clearly identifiable although some nearby weaving towns like Kashan have occasionally tried to mimic them. They are robustly made, heavy and durable pieces, double wefted with thick, hand spun wool pile and, until around 1940, superb natural colours.
This great carpet is a perfect example of the higher grade of Joshagans with a knot count of over 140 pr sq inch. Since this golden era the quality has fallen steadily and the few Joshagans still woven today are about half the fineness using terrible synthetic colours. This is a carpet set to last for generations with a design that lends itself both to traditional and contemporary settings. In perfect condition throughout, full pile and free of repairs.
This beautiful carpet features a style of design known as "islimi", more often referred to as "vase" design, a concept of carpet design going back to the Safavid dynasty in the 16th-17th C. It is in my view one of the most attractive all-over designs ever found in the Persian carpet repertoire, scrolling gracefully across the field with a wonderful sense of scale and proportion. It is also an example of the "endless repeat" format, self explanatory if you look at the opposite ends of the field.
Originally this carpet was sold at the Adams sale in 2006, then described as Tabriz which can be explained by the weaving technique using symmetrical knot and the Tabriz side cord. However the glossy wool and the range of natural colours, especially the cochineal ground, confirms that this is one of those very fine Meshed examples using "imported" weavers from Tabriz, hence the name "Turkbaff" (Turkish knot).
There are a couple of very minor, old spot repairs but generally the carpet is in excellent condition for its age, in near full pile throughout without loss of ends or sides.
A very impressive and highly decorative Heriz carpet with wonderful colours and well drawn design. Few carpets rival those from Heriz in terms of instant decorative merit, working equally well in minimalist contemporary settings as in classic period environments. This example has great natural colours with strong "abrash" in the pale blues, reflecting its considerable age. In excellent condition throughout with original side cords and ends, no repairs and only minute spots of slight wear in places. A much sought after style of carpet of a great size in a condition you don't come across often.
Kashan carpets of this period were often among the most elegant and classically drawn of all Persian city carpets. At this time most of the better qualities were still employing naturally dyed yarns of the highest quality, the designs drawn by very experienced masters who fully understood the merits of good design and perfectly harmonising colours. This carpet would immediately transform a dull, soulless space into a highly sofisticated, elegant and luxurious drawing room. The carpet is in near perfect condition with only a few tiny areas of slight spot wear - most of it retains its full pile. A beautiful carpet for a special room.