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 17/8/2019.
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.
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.
A beautiful, early and rare example of superb tribal weaving, in very good condition with original kilim ends and side cords. For further info on this piece click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
A wonderful carpet of stunning design and superb colours, in excellent condition apart from a few minute spots of light surface wear and insignificant, old spot repairs. For further details, click on Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
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.