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 5/12/2017
This is a curiosity whose exact origins are up for debate. The weave is Kurdish (brown wool warps), the colouring and design highly reminiscent of rugs and kilims woven around Sanadaj, yet there's a distinct Avshar feel to it. Without elaborating here, suffice it to say it is a beautiful, quirky and endearing rug with lovely natural colours and great wool, in very good condition. The side cords have been oversewn and the upper short end reduced by 1-2 knot rows, now secured.
Rug weaving in Abadeh is merely over a century old, inspired by the weavings traded in the bazaars by the various tribal groups passing through. Old examples were well made with good, natural colours and properly spun wool. The design seen here is known as "Zil-i-Soltan", a complex all over composition featuring vases filled with exotic flowers. In excellent condition throughout.
This stunning rug is a great example of vintage Persian understanding of design and harmonising colours. The ivory ground contrasts beautifully against the deep indigo border and the chestnut inner field, lifting the entire composition to a very satisfying overall effect. The use of multiple colours reminds me of the famous advice given by Paul Gaugain to his art students:
"Oh you painters who ask for a technique of colour, look at carpets and there you will find all knowledge."
In excellent condition throughout with only marginal spot repairs to ends and sides, the side cords mostly original, nothing missing at the ends, a few small areas showing very slight wear. The lanolin rich wool pile makes the natural colours glow like jewels. A great thing, suitable for floor use as well as a major art statement on the wall.
A rare, early and very beautiful silk Suzani, finely embroidered with beautiful, subtle colours and an unusual, exciting design. Rippon Boswell recently sold the outstanding suzani collection of Ignazio Vok where, in Vol. 1, Lot # 68 is a closely related piece. The colouring and general style resembles work from the Ura Tube region whereas RB/Vok places their example in the separate group of Zarafshan. A stunning piece of important textile work of a quality long since gone. In very good condition throughout, complete all around and with only a couple of old, minor spot repairs.
A great example of original tribal rug art from an indigenous Persian tribe whose existence predates Islam. Very few early examples come on the market, or appear in rug literature, the vast majority being of later date with more sterile, predictable drawing. This piece features the complete range of early Lori tribal symbolism including a number of human figures that rarely appear in this clear form on other SW Persian tribal work. Woven on brown wool and goats' hair warp, the pile yarns all dyes with good natural colours, this rug is a rare piece in very good, original condition. The only flaw is that many of the actual fringes at the upper end have been re-inserted, but done very sensitively in good, hand spun brown and ivory wool.
Ref: J. Opie, Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia, p.117