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 and virtually ceased to function, thereby creating a strong global market for top end older DOBAG examples that have been lovingly looked after. 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. A few new such acquisitions will be posted here in the coming weeks. Updated 21/7/2020.
A beautiful, 16 year old DOBAG rug in excellent condition despite 15 years of daily use and enjoyment. DOBAG rugs in general, and those from Koru village in particular, were always solidly woven with strong end kilims and proper side cords covering two sets of warp cables. If well looked after, and given a proper wash every 10 years, these rugs will last for generations.
Now that the project has ceased production, these old gems if attractive and kept in good condition, are much in demand here and internationally. Signed and dated by the weaver.
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.
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.