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. In recent weeks I have acquired another couple of pieces that will be posted in early April. Updated 1/4/2020.
The DOBAG rugs woven in Koru were always coveted and sought after by DOBAG enthusiasts, based on their consistent quality, unusual designs and superb wool. This charming, decorative rug, now 16 years old and having been in constant use, now looks better than it did when new. The natural colours have deepened and mellowed, the wool gloss has emerged developed, the rug now beginning to look like a late 19th C Anatolian village rug. As all DOBAGs and especially the pieces from Koru, it was very well woven with solid end kilims and side cords, the entire still in excellent condition throughout. Signed Z.O. with the Y for Yunt Dag, dated 2004.
A very beautiful, classical Heriz carpet displaying all the wonderful natural dyes that mellow beautifully with good age. In excellent condition throughout, full pile, free of repairs. A great, decorative and hard wearing carpet that will enhance any room and always be sought after by decorators, collectors and trade.
The carpet is due to arrive early April so more details, photos and final price will be posted at that time.POA
Heriz carpets never fell out of favour with all the daft interior fashion swings in recent years and now they are back as universally the strongest in demand of all decorative carpets. They "work" in most settings, creating an immediate warmth and casual feel-good effect that none other seem to match.
This early piece features a range of subtle, soft colours, including a sought after faded sky blue. In very good condition showing only a few small patches of slight, natural surface wear. No repairs other than securements at each short end with 2-3 knot rows missing, original side cords. A highly decorative carpet of a sought after size at a modest price.
Silk Ikats were, together with Suzanis, the most prestigious textiles in 19th C Uzbeci society. The quality of a person's ikats - be they clothing or hangings - reflected the person's standing in the community.This early example was woven in 4 widths joined together, rarely matching each other in design details which was apparently acceptable, if not desirable. Each panel was made up of finely woven pre-dyed sections using a complex process known as resist-dyeing.
Ikats of this size and format make formidable wall hangings, if stretched up in gallery display fashion they sit very well in the company of contemporary art, at a fraction of the price. In very good condition throughout, only a small area of slight wear in lower left corner, the original backing cloth present. A better image will be posted shortly.
A beautiful tribal rug from a time when the Quashq'ai nomads were gradually abandoning their ancient nomadic lifestyle in favour of becoming sedentary villagers, perhaps only taking small migratings during the hottest season. The earliest examples were often masterpieces of tribal art, now fetching huge prices at international auctions, whereas a piece of this vintage and background is still highly affordable.
The rug has clearly been cherished by its previous owners, kept in superb condition with original kilims and side cords still intact, in near full pile throughout and a gorgeous, supple handle.
I have a vivid recollection of buying this rug. The weaver Gulseren Kus was half way through the rug on her loom which was located on the first floor, her cow and a few sheep living downstairs. One look at the quality of weave and above all the inspired play with colours as seen in the borders and secondary field motifs, made the decision easy. This is what the earlier DOBAG pieces were about, later examples often being more planned and sterile.
Now 20 years old, having been carefully minded by its first owners, it has acquired a sheen and softness of the colours that only time, and gentle use, can bring about. Signed G.K. A real collector's piece and fit for at least another generation of floor wear.
I began buying rugs from the DOBAG project in 1989 and this piece was the first runner found in the Yunt Dag co-op. Thirty years later it has found its way back to me, having been carefully minded by its first owners, hence its condition is absolutely perfect throughout. Full pile, original sides and kilims ends, the only thing that is missing is the leather label but the original certificate is still there.
Well drawn, decorative and ready for at least another 30 years on the floor, signed H.D. and dated 89.
A nice example of the early rug production in Abadeh where local weavers took their inspiration from tribal rugs woven by the Quashq'ai who regularly bartered their wares in the bazaar. Two designs became the Abadeh favourites, one of repeated vases known as Zil-i-Soltan and the other seen here featuring a classical Quashq'ai 1 + 4 medallion design.
Tightly woven, good natural colours, very slight but even wear, complete at ends and sides and free of repairs. A rare and much sought after middle size, slightly larger than regular dozar pieces from Persia. A very appealing rug.