The following is a selection of fine and unusual Suzani and other tapestries, kilims, saddle bags, tribal weavings and, if in stock, Arts & Crafts pieces. Updated 22/5/2018
A beautiful example of the quality of Quashq'ai weavings, with wonderful colours and high knot count, in very good condition with full pile. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
A fine and very beautiful 19th C bag face in perfect condition throughout, full pile and all original sides and ends. For further info on this piece click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down. The grey circles are accidental light reflections, not discoloration or stains.
This is one half of an double "khorjin" saddle or storage bag, both fronts with knotted pile originally connected by plain flat weave forming the back. The front halves were usually highly decorative in tribal nomadic culture and as such they were common dowry and wedding gifts. These bags were rarely utilised but carefully stored away, perhaps only to be displayed on anniversaries or other celebrations and eventually, generations later, be offered for sale.
This is a very pretty and somewhat unusual example of Jaf work, the main field motifs normally all of similar, smaller size arranged diagonally. Beautiful natural colours, great wool and highly decorative on a wall or placed on furniture. A bargain piece of a long gone tribal art culture.
The "azmalyk" were woven in an identical pair by some of the Turkoman subtribes as part of dowry. The exact purpose was to decorate the camel carrying the young bride, an azmalyk displayed on each side below her saddle, the bride herself completely covered in textiles so as to be invisible until confronted with her husband (possibly for the first time). We have the pair available.
€1900.- each or 3500.- the pair
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.
This idyllic pastoral scene is drawn in the manner of Francois Boucher (1703-1770), a distinguished painter who also produced cartoons for the Beauvais ateliers in France, modified versions of which were later woven in Aubusson. This charming example is finely woven in wool and silk, the yarns dyed with natural dyes of good quality compared to pieces from the late 19th C which were prone to fading.
In excellent, original and virtually repair free condition, of a very desirable size. A very closely related piece was sold by Sotheby's of London in February 1996, Lot 68, as part of the important Vigo-Sternberg tapestry collection.
A beautiful, striking kilim with excellent natural colours, spontaneously drawn in horisontal bands without an outside border - a common feature of kilim weaving in NW Persia and SE Caucasus. Solid weave structure with dove tailing, slit tapestry and additional weft float embroidery in details. Woven on cotton warp making it a robust, hard wearing piece. In excellent condition throughout.