The DOBAG project is a unique chapter in carpet history, started by Dr Harald Boehmer in 1981. Over recent years the entire project has declined if not ceased to operate, creating a strong global market for top end older DOBAG examples that have been kept in good condition. A major boost was the acquisition of almost the entire private DOBAG collection of Dr Bohmer's in December 2018. The collection was sold very quickly to private DOBAG enthusiasts worldwide and I continue to purchase good examples in original condition. Updated 29/12/2020
I have a vivid recollection of buying this rug. The weaver Gulseren Kus was half way through the rug on her loom which was located on the first floor, her cow and a few sheep living downstairs. One look at the quality of weave and above all the inspired play with colours as seen in the borders and secondary field motifs, made the decision easy. This is what the earlier DOBAG pieces were about, later examples often being more planned and sterile.
Now 20 years old, having been carefully minded by its first owners, it has acquired a sheen and softness of the colours that only time, and gentle use, can bring about. Signed G.K. A real collector's piece and fit for at least another generation of floor wear.
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.
I began buying rugs from the DOBAG project in 1989 and this piece was the first runner found in the Yunt Dag co-op. Thirty years later it has found its way back to me, having been carefully minded by its first owners, hence its condition is absolutely perfect throughout. Full pile, original sides and kilims ends, the only thing that is missing is the leather label but the original certificate is still there.
Well drawn, decorative and ready for at least another 30 years on the floor, signed H.D. and dated 89.