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 11/4/2019.
This wonderful rug features a finely knotted pile of silky "kurk" (lambs') wool, a beautifully composed design in a palette of soft, natural colours. The skills and time involved in making a rug of this quality is extraordinary - even if the weaver produced on average 5000 knots per day the weaving alone would have consumed almost 5 months. In addition you have the intricate design work (drawn separately by master designers), wool spinning, dyeing, polishing and finally cleaning. A very rare piece in today's global rug market.
Finely woven, small rugs around 1 meter square were woven by several Turkoman tribes. They are usually well above average in terms of quality, choice of wool and dyes, suggesting they were woven for a special purpose. The strongest theory is that they were given to the bride upon which she would sit, receive well wishers and accept dowry and gifts.
Several other examples are published, a very similar piece shown at the London exhibition by Bernheimer, Oriental Carpets and Textiles, 1987, plate 37. This example is in perfect, original condition throughout, incl kilims, side cords and full pile, free of repairs.
This is one of the first rugs Harald Boehmer put aside for his own collection and it has only recently become available. He was struck by the strong Caucasian influence in design, and colouring, particularly the ivory ground which offsets the other colours beautifully. Signed by four different weavers, in unused, unpolished condition, set to last for generations.
A very handsome and highly decorative antique Bidjar rug with a strong centre medallion design, skilfully offset by narrow borders and ivory corner spandrels. One look at the border and you can see it was woven freestyle, not to a rigid cartoon as later examples invariably are, showing the weaver's artistic skill and imagination. In superb condition with full pile, original side cords and only marginal loss of kilim strands each end. There are a small number of minute, re-piled spots of old moth damage, now all perfected, A beautiful, hard wearing rug with excellent natural colours and rich, glossy wool.
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.
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.
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.
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.