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 relative rarity within its group.
Click on images to enlarge. More images of each lot available upon request.This section updated 20/10/2017
A decorative, antique example of the original Tekke "Bokhara" rugs, showing slight wear in places and some minute repairs to side cords, generally in fairly good order, For 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.
A beautiful, original and rare tribal Persian rug with naturally dyed wool, in very good condition throughout. For further info click on Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
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!
This impressive rug is reminiscent of early "vase" rugs woven in Kerman, mainly from the 16th and 17th C and in much larger sizes. In this rug, what is an apparent symmetrical all-over design has in fact many variations in design details, most notably in the top and bottom borders, adding tremendous life and interest to the rug. The knot count is around 464 pr sq inch, or a massive 2,5 million knots in total, requiring a weave time (for a single weaver) of approx. 500 working days.
In excellent condition with near full pile throughout, original end finishes and side cords. All dyes are natural (organic).
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.
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 decorative "Bokhara" carpet, woven by settled descendants of the nomadic Tekke tribe, in fairly good condition with slight, even allover wear, solid around the edges. For further info on this piece, click on Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
Antique Turkoman carpets woven by the Tekke and Yomut tribes are probably the most sought after of all Oriental weavings. Decorators and collectors alike pursue them on account of their exceptional furnishing quality, with their unique, rhythmic and calming designs in warm tones of red and brownish purple. For carpets woven in the 19th Century, they also work extraordinarily well in minimalist contemporary settings as well as traditional environments with antiques.
This beautiful carpet is a great example of Tekke work; finely knotted, elegant and calm, warm and soothing, in that rare middle size that is so hard to find. In perfect condition throughout with full pile, all natural colours, original sidecords and end kilims, virtually free of repair. Carpets of this type are without comparison among the most desirable in the global carpet trade. Since this photo was taken the piece has been professionally cleaned with the most stunning result.
Ref: S. Azadi, Turkoman carpets, Pl. 6, A. Granlund, Hallwyll Collection, Stockholm, Pl. 54.
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 very beautiful Qom carpet with a design inspired by 17th C Indian Mughal court carpets, signed and inscribed. In perfect condition, all original and repair free, ex a private Swedish collection. For further info on this piece click on Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
A very decorative Heriz carpet with a relaxed, easy all-over design and well balanced natural colours. Antique Heriz carpets have always been highly sought after because of the way they simply furnish a room, adding tremendous warmth and cosy feel to any environment, classic period or minimal contemporary. The difference between earlier examples with good wool and proper dyes and more recent commercial production with garish synthetic dyes and aggressive, busy designs, is huge but not as yet fully reflected in price. This attractive carpet has good pile throughout, original side cords and only 2 knot rows missing at one short end.
A very nice Heriz carpet with unusually graceful pendant ends to the centre medallion, all worked in highly sympathetic natural colours. In excellent condition with no repairs, only minute spots of very slight wear of no consequence. Original side cords and complete ends.. A great, solid furnishing carpet.
An attractive and perfectly preserved Joshagan carpet of higher than average quality, all natural dyes, in full pile and free of repairs. For further info on this piece click on Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
A wonderful carpet with exquisite colours and a rare, all-over design going back to early Persian carpet history. In very good condition apart from a couple of very minor, old, spot repairs. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
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.
A beautiful, elegantly drawn Kashan carpet in very good condition throughout, sumptuous and classy with all good natural colours. For further info on this piece, click on Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.