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
Good antique Caucasian rugs are highly collectible and decorative, fitting into both classical and contemporary settings. Good examples with only natural dyes, in original condition, are rare and command respectable prices world wide. This charming example is woven on wool and goats' hair warp unlike later pieces woven on cotton. Having been displayed on the wall for generations, the rug is in near perfect condition apart from a couple of minute corner repairs. It was part of a large continental family collection who treated their rug collection as important works of art.
Several comparable reference pieces are published in rug literature such as Schurrman, Caucasian Rugs, Pl 103, and Benardout, Caucasian Rugs, Pl. 39.
A striking, charming and impressive runner woven by a gifted weaver whose mother Cennet was a leading force in the DOBAG project at the time. Playful and quirky, the runner features a large number of typical village life motifs such as houses, animals, butterflies, hearts (for weddings) and much more. Signed H.D. and dated 97.
In its first 21 years the runner had suffered slight moth damage, now completely restored and, following a thorough wash, the piece looks even better than new with its glowing colours and wool patina. A great piece, very hard to replace as the DOBAG project now has come to a virtual end.
An early example of the popular Bakthiari design known locally as "keshti" (lit. checkered) and in the rug trade as garden design. The charming, spontaneous drawing reflects the weaver's imagination, picking different garden motifs for each square, all haphazardly arranged. The natural colours have softened beautifully over the years, the rug now alive with decorative character and atmosphere.
Finely knotted, the rug has very slight but even, overall wear, free of repairs and with its ends and sides intact. The three outer guards are drawn in the sequence and colour of the Persian/Iranian flag, a rare feature I have not come across before.
Few Persian tribes rivalled the powerful Quashq'ai in terms of fineness of weave, choice and quality of colours and also refinement of design. This piece is highly characteristic of their late 19th C work, with a knot count of almost 160/sq inch which gives it a wonderful, supple handle. The range of colours is astonishing for such a small weaving but this type of bag was often woven as an important part of dowry, aiming for the highest quality.
In very good condition with only a tiny amount of repiling, mainly the one ivory line at the lower end. A beautiful thing at a bargain price in today's international rug market.
This is one half of what once was a large double bag (khorjin), basically intended for storage of blankets and utensils but more often woven with exceptional care as part of dowry or important gifts. Knotted at around 135 knots pr square inch, with inlaid details in rare colours like yellow and green, the weaver clearly set out to create something special. Its perfect condition confirms that it was never used for travel or storage, rather kept as an important piece of dowry. For the past decades it has been displayed as a work of art on the wall.
For similar examples, see J. Boucher, Baluchi Woven Treasures, Plates 34 & 35. Please note the two grey circle forms are mere light reflections during photography.