The DOBAG project is a unique chapter in carpet history, started by Dr Harald Boehmer in 1981. Over recent years weaving has gradually ceased, prices have (justifiably) risen and my main search now is for the best of old examples from DOBAG. Harald Boehmer sadly passed away in 2017 and the family recently offered me his personal DOBAG collection, picked over a period of 30 years. Most pieces were carefully stored, only a small number used in Dr Boehmer's Istanbul apartment, all of them kept in immaculate condition. Only one or two pieces remain unsold and they, together with my other old DOBAGs, are listed herewith, in order of size (beginning with smallest). Updated 23/1/2020.
This is one of three DOBAG rugs recently brought back into stock, having been carefully looked after by its first owner and hence in perfect condition. This piece has a powerful star design on almost plain ground with a quirky star border. The pile is among the longest I have seen in a DOBAG, making it one of the heaviest I have handled. HIghly suitable for areas with heavy traffic, the rug can only improve with age with a life expectancy of several generations if looked after respectfully. Dated 2007 and the weaver has also signed it rather cleverly - take a moment and see if you can find it.
This wonderful rug features the so called Holbein design, after rugs of this design painted by Hans Holbein in the 17th C as backdrop decoration. This was always one of Harald Boehmer's favourite DOBAG designs, only a couple of families knowing it off by heart (with endless variations).
This example also feature one of the most powerful borders, plus a number of weaver signatures in the upper half of the field, incl the date 1988. In unused condition, stored away until the next custodian comes along.. This rug will last for several generations to come even given daily use on the floor, it is that strong and robust. And, like good Burgundy wine, it gets better with age.
A wonderful example of the best DOBAG rugs, bought in the weaver's village house while still on the loom. Unlike many later examples, this piece has that authentic freedom of design and choice of colours, all different in the secondary gul motifs, signed G.K. For further info on the piece click Current Stock, then Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
A highly decorative 30 year old DOBAG rug of a very useful, and rare, size. The design is highly reminiscent of Turkoman "Bokhara" carpets, yet this style of Anatolian weaving was known from the 16th C. The painter Hans Holbein so often used these rugs in his work that the local DOBAG weavers came to know it as "Holbein".
The rug has been lovingly cared for by its first owners, hence its near perfect condition, with the added glow and patination that good DOBAGs acquire with age. Signed S.C.K.
A 30 year old DOBAG maintained in perfect condition by its first owners, in full pile with original ends and sides all intact. Signed H.D., dated 89. For further info on this piece, click on Current Stock, then DOBAG rugs & carpets, and scroll down.