In this category I list recently acquired pieces of all groups and sizes for a duration of maximum 4 months after arrival, thereafter they appear in their respective sections. More images of any lot available on request. Updated 13/12/2018
A very beautiful DOBAG example from the private collection of the DOBAG project founder Dr Harald Boehmer, signed S.U. and dated 2006. In perfect condition.
Of the 22 recent arrivals in his collection, only 3 will be featured in this section, the entire collection now under stock heading DOBAGs.
In order to avoid an overload of DOBAGs under this heading I will only list a handful of the important Boehmer collection, all of which is currently being listed under the heading Current Stock, DOBAGs, where they are posted in order of size from smallest to runners. This beautiful and finely woven runner was never used by the family, instead put into safe storage for the next care taker which, I'm proud to say, is Peter Linden. This piece is dated 1998 and signed G.T.
This piece is part of Dr Harald Boehmer' entire private collection of DOBAG rugs, recently acquired having been offered it by the Boehmer family following his passing in 2017. He founded the DOBAG project in 1981 and created an important piece of carpet history in the process - read more on the DOBAG page on this site.
You will find the entire Boehmer collection of DOBAG rugs and runners by selecting Current Stock, DOBAGs. I will only post a few examples under this Recent Acquisitions heading to avoid overload of DOBAGs amidst my acquisitions of Antique pieces. You will find further info on this example on the DOBAG section.
Chuval was one of several hand knotted bags intended for storage of household utensils during camps in migration. They were also among the most popular dowry and wedding gifts from family and fellow tribespeople, resulting in most newly wedded Yomut families owning a collection of such bags. Only a small number would ever be used, the majority stored away and kept as valuable assets for the future.
This beautiful pair are complete and in perfect condition, their most recent owners having had them displayed on a wall as works of tribal art. Woven on goats' hair warp, finely knotted at 170/sq inch, free of repairs or alterations.
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.
The is a wonderful and highly decorative example of 19th C Caucasian village rug art, epitomising all the characteristics that have made genuine, early examples globally collectible. Clear and bright colours (all natural), un-cluttered and quirky design and a very tactile handle makes Caucasian rugs easily recognisable and desirable.
The powerful border is very rare and attractive, creating a beautiful, uplifting framework for the calm red field. Note the two charming goats in the upper field. In very good condition throughout, near full pile and only a couple of minute spot repairs.
A very finely woven Bakthiari rug with a highly elegant, symmetrically arranged design, to some degree inspired by the superb and complex rugs woven in nearby Isfahan. The clear, all natural colours are typical of Bakthiar work as are most of the motifs and ornaments, yet with a knot count of almost 300/sq inch the rug it rivals the best of Persian town weavings.
In excellent condition throughout, only missing the original short end kilim at the top end, free of repairs, it's a beautiful, hard wearing and highly accomplished example of its type.
A very nice 20 year old DOBAG runner, woven by a very experienced weaver now long since retired. The pile is of thick, glossy wool, further polished by time and regular professional cleaning, now glowing like an antique Caucasian piece. In spotless condition, signed K.C. with the Karagomlek village symbol in the upper short end kilim.
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 signs of old moth damage, most of them replied. Other than that the carpet is in full pile and complete all around.
A very pretty 19th century Caucasian rug with a rare green ground and a quirky design entirely drawn from the weaver's memory. The main border, variously known as "running dog" or "white eagle", is unique to Seychour rugs. Woven on a wool foundation the rug had good age, cotton replacing all these rugs around the turn of the century.
Areas of restoration along upper short end and borders, also very slight loss at lower short end, generally in fairly good condition for its age. It would make a beautiful wall hanging which is the way Caucasian rugs were always displayed locally.
For reference, see Ian Bennett, Caucasian Rugs, Pl 386
Heriz carpets have recently undergone a strong comeback in popularity, having once been the most sought after of all decorative carpets, then to fall slightly out of favour after the millennium. Today Heriz carpets are again firmly established as the ideal floor decoration in contemporary architectural settings, as well as classical, less cluttered, interiors.
Good Heriz carpets with proper natural colours are now exceedingly hard to source, especially pieces in good condition without wear or repairs. This new arrival has a beautiful range of colours, lifted by the rare ivory ground you only see in early examples. It has very slight, even wear and loss of a couple of knot rows at each short end, otherwise all original and free of repair. A very handsome carpet at a price still below their peak before the downturn.
A very attractive, fresh and characterful rug with many touches of freestyle work where the weaver follows her memory rather than work from a sterile cartoon. Good natural colours in a light palette, unusual for Hamadans, in very good condition with its original ends and sides intact, full thick pile, only one minute spot of re-piling in the field.
A similar rug was published by Tad Runge, Maine, One Woman One Weft, Pl. 16
Yatak rugs were originally woven for home use by villagers and tribal people as special sleeping rugs with thick, high quality wool pile and coarse weave. The quirky and very powerful design is clearly spontaneously woven into the rug as the weaver saw fit, real "freestyle" as I call them, definitely a one of a kind piece representing a long lost tradition.
There are a number of old, small and professionally performed restorations, almost invisible to the eye, otherwise the rug is in excellent condition. Wonderful, all natural colours and superb quality lanolin rich wool. A real collector's rug at a modest price.
This design on a genuine tribal rug is only known from Fars with a number of documented pieces woven by the Quashq'ai and the Khamseh tribes. We believe they were designed for special audience or hospitality occasions where important individuals are seated around the border probably enjoying food or tea served on tablecloths in the centre. The rugs would only be used for this purpose, placed back into storage and moth proofed after each occaision, never to be used on the floor until they eventually, generations later, were traded and exported to the West.
This is a superb example of great proportions, finely knotted and beautifully woven, with perfect natural colours in the traditional Khamseh apricots, reds and deep navy. Apart from a tiny, old repair in the centre in excellent condition, possibly having lost a few knot rows at the lower short end, otherwise flawless.
A similar example from the Zidell Sedlin collection was offered at SNY in March 2009, # 40.
Suzani tapestries were important dowry textiles woven primarily in Uzbecistan. Finely embroidered in naturally dyed silk over a long period of time their main purpose was to serve as the bridal bedspread during the wedding festivities. Thereafter it was safely put away and perhaps only displayed annually.
This exceptionally finely woven piece shares many design elements with the most desirable Shakrisyabz examples. In excellent condition with only minute spots of wear and breaks in the backing cloth, original silk ikat bindings and backing. A wonderful wall tapestry that can be displayed horizontally or vertically.
These powerful kilims were woven over a large area generically known as Azerbaijan, probably by semi-nomadic Shah Savan tribespeople. Some have borders all around and others, like this example, simply feature broad, horizontal bands with powerful rams' horn motifs. The brilliant, natural colours combined with open spaces and bold motifs create a stunning effect, unlike almost any other Oriental textiles.
Most of these kilims were displayed on walls as the main feature in the home - this piece still has its original hanging loops along one long side. In perfect condition apart from a tiny spot of restoration in the centre.
The Bakthiar group covers numerous village and small town areas inhabited by settled Bakthiari tribespeople. A wide range of designs are known, including the tree design seen here known as Bid Majnum (weeping willow). A lovely piece with great colours and a spontaneously drawn design, particularly noticeable in the beautiful border. In very good condition apart from a few small spots of slight wear and slightly reduced short ends.
The distinctive rugs from Tafresh are easily recognised by their floral designs based around a 16-foil medallion, as well as by the finer quality than most other rugs from Hamadan. The colour palette of Tafresh rugs also differ from any other Hamadan villages with ample use of yellows, creams and pinks.
This finely woven example is in untouched, perfect condition throughout, full pile and original finishes. A great, decorative rug that will serve for several generations to come.
The distinctive Kelardasht rugs from this period usually feature a single row of "Memling" guls on red ground. Like most Kurdish weavings they are woven on brown wool warp in fairly coarse weave but originally with thick pile, reflecting the beautiful natural colours like Caucasian Kazaks, a group with which they are often confused.
This example is unusually wide with generous border and open spaces, in very good condition showing only very slight spot wear. Original ends and sides intact, no repairs worth noting.
This remarkably well kept runner is not only highly decorative with its crisp drawing and wonderful natural colours - it is also an evocative, charming piece when you take a closer look at it. The two short end borders, especially the lower one, reveal human figures - men and women - dressed differently and with individual features. It's quite likely this was either an important family gift, or part of dowry, also explaining its superb condition with full pile and no repairs. There are 1-2 knot rows missing all around but the ends and side cords have been professionally stopped and overcast. A lovely, rare thing that would brighten up any space in a home.
Originally sold in our showrooms in 1999, this stunning rug was always a favourite, both from a quality and decorative viewpoint. The gracefully drawn design has many curious features such as the "vac-vac" (talking tree) motif hanging from the top of the arch, and the families of cockerel, hen and chicks at the base. The soft, pale blue colour is very rare and highly sought after, contrasting beautifully with the deeper border colours - a masterpiece of Persian rug design and understanding of harmonising colours.
Having spent much of its time on the wall the rug is in excellent condition for its considerable age, complete with original ends and sides, free of repairs apart from some minute spots of side cord binding.
I always knew that DOBAG rugs were hugely superior to anything else woven in Turkey, if not the Orient, today. The thoroughly researched natural dyes, the hand spun winter wool and the exceptional quality of weaving has now proved to be outstanding. This rug has been in constant use for almost 30 years and now, after a good cleaning, it has acquired a patina and glow reminiscent of antique Caucasian rugs. If the next caretaker looks after it well, it will survive for generations to come, and look better as it gets older. Signed S.Y. by the weaver.
The Quashq'ai are a Turkic tribe originally inhabiting Azerbaijan in north-west Persia, gradually moving southwards over the centuries to their current homeland of Fars. Very few migrating nomadic Quashq'ai still maintain a nomadic lifestyle, the vast majority having settled over a century ago around the city of Shiraz.
The 19th Century weavings produced by the tribe prior to settling down were of outstanding quality and artistic merit, undoubtedly the finest of all Persian tribal rugs. This is a genuine example from that time, exquisitely drawn from the weaver's memory, worked "freestyle", i.e. without any pre-drawn design charts, the result being a unique rug filled with her own quirky, charming details. Only natural dyes were used, impervious to light and water, meaning the rug won't lose its colour, nor run if exposed to water.
The rug is in superb, original condition throughout, complete with ends and side cords, in full pile and free of repairs. A rare and very beautiful collector's rug that ideally should be displayed on a wall as a true work of rug art.
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.
Poushti is a small size rug (meaning cushion) generally used for temporary seating while entertaining guests or dignitaries. In Iran they were never used as floor mats, rather kept in storage or on walls while not in use. This explains why you sometimes come across these little jewels in pristine condition despite over 100 years of age. This finely woven, elegantly drawn Sarouk has superb quality wool and excellent natural colours, free of repairs or alterations. A beautiful gem of a piece of highly decorative merit, for wall or floor.