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 very beautiful and typical example of Caucasian village rugs woven in the late 19th C. At this time most women all over the Caucasus wove rugs for barter, resale and not least for family occasions. The rugs were woven "free style", the patterns created spontaneously from the weavers' memory, thus creating a unique product every time - the total opposite to the lifeless, sterile factory woven commercial rugs made after the Revolution.
Another reason why antique Caucasian pieces are arguably the most collectible worldwide are the wonderful, all natural colours employed in early examples - in stark contrast to the garish, fugitive synthetic colours used almost everywhere in the region post 1920.
This wonderful rug was sourced in Armenia where it was displayed on a wall for most of its life, hence it is in near perfect condition throughout with original sides and ends intact, almost full pile and only small spots of the usual corrosive black wool. A rare and highly collectible rug in today's market..
An early and very beautiful Bakthiari rug with superb, old natural colours, in very good condition throughout. Fur further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
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.
This is a wonderful example of original Persian tribal art, the Quashq'ai universally regarded as the creators of the finest tribal rugs in the Orient. In excellent, original condition throughout, full pile and free of repairs. For further details on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
Woven on wool and goats' hair warp, this rug is typical of the broad style of pieces woven by various tribes after their gradual settling into sedentary life around Shiraz. This example still features a great variety of typical tribal motifs and symbols, incl birds and animals, and it's clearly woven "free style" as against the later, sterile and uninspiring production. All dyes are natural and the rug is in totally original, complete condition with near full pile throughout, virtually repair free. The size is a much sought after, and hard to find, furnishing format. This image doesn't do the piece justice, other images supplied if requested.
A wonderfully elegant, calm and decorative piece by the Khamseh tribe, in excellent condition throughout apart from one old, small repair near the centre. For further info on this piece, click 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 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.
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 charming, spontaneously drawn carpet with beautiful natural colours, in good condition apart from very slight spot wear. For further info on this rug, click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
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 beautiful antique carpet featuring the original Tekke gul design later known as "Bokhara" after the town where the nomads traded their weavings. Original examples made before the Russian Revolution are now rare and much sought after as decorative furnishing carpets as well as collector's items.
This carpet features all the qualities of early, non commercial pieces - exceptional silky wool pile knotted at around 170/sq inch, natural dyes and virtually repair free. The original end kilims have been lost, otherwise the carpet is in exceptionally good condition. A rare and beautiful piece that blends in equally well in classical and contemporary settings. This photograph does not do it justice and 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.
A highly decorative, well drawn and pleasing Heriz with the desirable ivory field and a range of beautiful natural colours, notably the sky blue in the medallion. In good condition apart from very slight loss at both short ends but outer borders still present. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
A classical Persian carpet from Kashan with superb wool, tight knotting and well drawn design, in near perfect condition apart from some minor, old spots of moth nibbles in the outer edges. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
An attractive, fresh and light carpet with finely drawn design and warm, contrasting colours. In excellent condition throughout. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
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.