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 almost exclusively deal in older, and always better, examples which have acquired a wonderful glow and a natural softening of the colours. All current stock lots are woven 16 - 28 years ago. More images available upon request. Updated 14/7/2018.
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 is one of the most attractive DOBAG prayer rugs we have ever sold, thankfully now back in Ireland having spent the last 16 years on walls in California and the UK. In pristine condition throughout, signed and dated by the weaver. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
This great rug is also in perfect condition throughout having been carefully minded by its previous owners for 10 years. Now it looks even better than new, with the added patina of age plus the rich glow following a professional wash. Signed and dated. For further info on this piece, click on Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
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.
This rug has been carefully kept by its previous owners and is now in perfect condition throughout. For more info on it, click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
This is one of my favourite DOBAG designs, and it's weavers - I have an almost identical piece woven by Sehriye in 1997 in my personal collection. DOBAGs of this quality are virtually impossible to source as the project has shrunk to a fraction of what it was 20 years ago. Although this example has been in use for 17 years it has been well looked after and now, given all those years of polish plus a recent state-of-the-art wash, it has turned into a glorious and internationally collectible rug. Signed S.A. and dated 2000.
This 17 year old runner has been welcomed back into stock having been carefully looked after by its previous owner. In perfect condition throughout, signed and dated. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
A striking, charming and, for DOBAG pieces, an unusually long runner, signed and dated by the weaver, in very good condition. For further info on this piece click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
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.