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.
Click on images to enlarge. More images of each lot available upon request.
This section updated 13/10/2019.
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.
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.
Antique Oriental rugs around this size are historically very hard to find - the norm is either much smaller or bigger. The demand for this "middle size" far outweighs supply and so I was happy to recently acquire this beautiful, decorative Bordjalou Kazak rug. Caucasians from the Kazak general family are typically bold, quirky and powerful, with brilliant natural colours and good quality lanolin rich wool.
This piece ticks all those boxes and it's also in very good, near perfect condition throughout. There are a couple of very small spots of re-piling and a few old, also minor, repairs to the lower kilim. The upper end has been expertly rewoven by two knot rows, generally this striking rug of a desirable size is a gem.
A typical Caucasian village rug with brilliant, clear natural colours, good mountain wool and a quirky and spontaneous design. Note the pair of goats in the lower field area. In very good condition throughout apart from a few minor issues. For further info on this piece, click 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.
This beautiful carpet is one of the best examples of early Tekke weavings I have ever stocked. Classical, early design features, very finely woven, original kilims, only one small spot of repair along the right outer border. A rare, valuable but still usable piece of outstanding quality. For further info on this piece, 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 decorative and characterful Heriz carpet of good age, all natural dyes, in good condition other than one short stretch of professionally rewoven outer border at upper end plus a few minor, old spot repairs, generally in good pile throughout. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
A wonderfully decorative, happy Heriz carpet in exceptional condition and of good age, clean and ready to go. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
A very beautiful, striking Heriz carpet with vibrant natural colours, full pile of glossy wool and in excellent condition throughout. Formerly in a Swedish collection, further images are available on request. For more info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
A very well drawn, elegant carpet from one of the most well renowned carpet weaving cities in Iran. The general standard of weaving, the well balanced and finely drawn designs, harmonising colours and pleasing proportions seen in early 20th C Kashans placed them at the very top of Persian carpet production.
This example has good natural colours, high quality glossy wool and dense knotting at around 240/sq inch. There is one old spot of restoration near the lower right corner, plus a few small traces of old moth damage. Other than that the carpet is in full pile and complete all around.
A very fresh, light and attractive Sarouk carpet, featuring a traditional center medallion design on cream ground. The floral scrolls and vines are discreet and fine, leaving a lot of open space giving the carpet a calm, attractive feel. In excellent condition throughout, near full pile and free of repairs, original sides and ends. The dyes are mixed natural and non-fugitive chemical. A good and hard to find carpet, the majority of Sarouks being deep rose pink or navy blue.
An exceptional carpet of considerably higher quality than the similar, coarser Mahal carpets woven further south. With a knot count of over 200/sq inch it compares with the best Ferahan carpets - the quality of natural colours and elegance of design also rates way above the norm. For further info on this piece, click on Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
A powerful, beautifully drawn carpet with stunning design, superb natural colours and thick, glossy wool pile. Early Bidjar pieces often display a great understanding of colour and design in order to achieve a pleasing impression. The busy inner field is beautifully calmed down by the open space corner spandrels, the contrasting natural colours combined to maximum effect.
In very good condition throughout, showing only small areas of very minor surface wear and some minor spots of old re-piling. The ends and sides are original and complete, the carpet set to survive for several generations to come - Bidjars are probably the most hard wearing of all Oriental carpets.
A great example of Persian carpet art deserving a much better image than seen here but its weight, and size, have temporarily limited my photo options.
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.