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 15/9/2019.
One of the best Hamadan rugs I have ever stocked, this beautiful piece is both unusual and exceptional. Woven on an all-wool foundation (most Hamadans are on cotton) with superb quality glossy wool pile, at a higher than average knot density for the region.
The rug has clearly been lovingly cared for by previous custodians, in virtually untouched condition with original ends, sides and full pile intact. Its true age is clearly visible by the abrash (dye variation) across the border and the fantastic natural colours. For related examples, see Tad Runge's excellent study of Hamadans, One Woman One Weft, pl 10 & 15.
A typical Baluch piece with a lattice grid of "mina khani" flowers inside a powerful border, woven in high quality lanolin rich wool at a high knot count of around 145/sq inch. In near perfect condition apart from small spots of slight surface wear, the original side cords and end kilims present, free of repair. Ex a Swedish collection where it has been unused for two decades.
The finely knotted, high quality rugs from Jozan are renowned for their glossy wool and excellent colours. Similar to rugs from nearby Sarouk they mainly come in medallion designs, woven with double wefts but using the symmetric knot.
Jozans are hard wearing, long lasting rugs that will survive for generations if cared for properly. This charming piece of a slightly unusual size was acquired from a Swedish collection, kept in near perfect condition by its previous custodian. Note the lovely use of sky blue rosettes against the dark field colours. The late Stockholm dealer Peter Willborg illustrates a very similar example on pl 29 in his book Hamadan.
This style of design with repeated "Memling Gul" polygons was woven in several regions of the Caucasus, mainly in the Kazak and Moghan districts. This piece is attributed to Karabagh based on its weave structure and border design. It is a most beautiful, open and striking piece with charming use of colour and space, the ivory ground clear and fresh offsetting the multicoloured polygons to their best effect.
In superb condition with full pile apart from one small area of very slight surface wear, original and complete ends, free of repair other than the side cords which have been expertly replaced. Raymond Benardout in his work Caucasian Rugs, London 1978, illustrates a similar example on p. 94 ("Kazak").