The supply of new DOBAGs has now come to a virtual standstill - some families in certain villages still weave but at considerably (justifiably) higher prices and only by pre-booked order. In the past I could select the best examples from stock whereas now I can only order in advance involving long delays and uncertain results. Therefore I now deal in older, and always better, examples which have acquired a wonderful glow and softening of the colours. All current stock lots are woven 10-27 years ago. More images available upon request. Updated 1/1/2018.
An attractive DOBAG rug with the Camkalabak village symbol in the upper kilim, this charming example features the "Holbein" design inside a "yaprak" leaf border. Superb wool, now shining with rich lanolin gloss after a proper wash, the rug is in full pile with original ends and sides intact. Signed S.C.K.
This rug was sold by us in 2001 and, because it has been so well looked after and kept in perfect condition, I accepted it back into stock. All it needed was a state of the art wash and now it glows like a jewel. Because DOBAGs, like Antique rugs with proper dyes, can be washed regularly, their life expectancy given good care runs into generations. This is in stark contrast to most contemporary fashion rugs that often prove impossible to wash and are prone to fading, with limited life expectancy and little or no resale value as a result. For further info on this rug, click on Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
A stunning DOBAG rug with one of the most sought after medallion designs, signed and dated by the weaver, in perfect condition despite 17 years of floor use. For further info on this piece, click on Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
As the DOBAG project has almost come to an end, the demand for old, well kept pieces is increasing. There is now a strong, global interest in these amazing rugs that surpass all other newly made production in terms of dyes, quality and originality. Each DOBAG rug is unique, woven free style from the weaver's memory and signed, sometimes even dated. The clear, natural colours are impervious to water and light. This piece has a design locally known as "Holbein" after the 17th C Anatolian rugs featured in paintings by the artist. In perfect condition throughout after 16 years on the floor and one state-of-the-art cleaning. Signed S.Y. and featuring the Suleyman Koy village symbol in the upper kilim.
This is an example of the super class "gabbeh" rugs woven in Iran from the late 1990's. Modelled on the original, utilitarian rugs woven by their migrating ancestors, these rugs are much finer and more sofisticated than the coarse, but very powerful, rugs woven a century ago. The best grade of these rugs now command very high prices in the trade as they are labour intensive and employ the best wool and natural dyes available in Fars. This example, around 15 years old, has now been professionally cleaned with a great glow in the lanolin rich wool as a result.