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, They have now arrived and will gradually be posted on this listing. Most pieces were carefully stored, only a small number used in Dr Boehmer's Istanbul apartment. They are all in excellent, almost unused, condition throughout. The pieces are listed in order of size beginning with the smallest, ending in runners. Updated 13/12/2018.
This is a superb, and rare, example of Yunt Dag DOBAGs from the peak of the project. The idea of dividing the field in sections of different colours usually works very well but this example has the added bonus of what is clearly a human (male) figure standing beside the signature. There are also two elks, or deer, at the opposite short end. This goes against the code that forbids representation of human and detailed animal figures, a unique exception in fact, which must have been why Harald Boehmer put it aside for his own collection. Dated 2001, signed H.D., unused but in need of cleaning, to be done shortly.
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.