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 13/6/2019
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
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.
€1600 each or € 3000 the pair.
A beautiful, rare and unusually large decorative bagface featuring fine weave, excellent wool and several colours piled in silk in the centre of the flowerheads. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
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.
These powerful kilims were woven over a large area generically known as Azerbaijan, probably by semi-nomadic Shah Savan tribespeople. Some have borders all around and others, like this example, simply feature broad, horizontal bands with powerful rams' horn motifs. The brilliant, natural colours combined with open spaces and bold motifs create a stunning effect, unlike almost any other Oriental textiles.
Most of these kilims were displayed on walls as the main feature in the home - this piece still has its original hanging loops along one long side. In perfect condition apart from a tiny spot of restoration in the centre.