The runner selection lists only the Semi-antique and Antique runners in current stock. DOBAG runners are located in the Current Stock group marked DOBAGs etc. Also please note several newly acquired runners can shortly be found under Recent Acquisitions. More images available by request. This listing was updated 5/12/2017.
A typical example of the distinctive Kelardasht rugs with red "memling" guls on red ground. In very good condition, all original, only showing slight, even wear the length of the field. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
A beautiful and incredibly fresh, solid Sarab rug, woven on wool warp with superb natural colours, in full pile throughout, original ends and side cords, free of repairs. The vast majority of "antique" Sarabs on world markets are woven much later, typically on cotton warp, with harsh colours and sterile designs. This is an absolute gem, originating in a private Swedish collection. More images available on request.
A striking, quirky 19th C tribal rug representing a long lost rug weaving tradition, in very good condition. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
The runner format is most commonly found in the NW region of Persia, notably the districts of Sarab and Heriz. These regions are scattered with small towns and villages, many very remote, with a strong cottage industry tradition. Women wove these rugs in their own homes, typically one loom per house, and the long and narrow format suited as a means of generating as much income as possible from their weavings. Since the 1930's or so, most weaving is done in large workshops using machine spun wool and synthetic colours.
This pretty example is quite typical of the Heriz runner type, with good, naturally dyes wool and robust cotton warp weave. In good condition apart from one area of very slight wear which only adds to its charming character.
This runner has instant age appeal with its soft, natural colours, quirky design and a really old "feel". Note the variation in the design of the central lozenges, as well as the intriguing animal and bird motifs. In great condition with original end finishes and sidecords, the only minor blemish being some old glue marks on the reverse which haven't affected the structure of the rug. In fairly good pile throughout.
The highly decorative Sarab runners woven 100 years ago are among our best sellers. The calm, open design has an easy rhythm and the most commonly used beige ground works well in offsetting the medallions. Sarabs work superbly in contemporary settings as well as in classical period environments - and they are among the most hard wearing of all Persian runners. This example is in good condition throughout apart from small areas of very slight wear.
A beautiful rug with wonderful, clear and warm natural colours, the thick pile of glossy wool and the design full of quirky elements. This is a real tribal piece, one of a kind, in great condition for its age. There are a few minute repairs, one in the upper right corner, another kink correction along the border halfway up the field. This style of design is sometimes seen in Caucasian rugs from the Gendje region but, the weave being Kurdish, the nearest related example I have found is Pl 37, W Eagleton, Kurdish rugs.
A classical Sarab runner woven on wool foundation, indicating it was made well before WW2 after which all production turned commercial using cotton foundation and poor dyes. This example is particularly well drawn, with the plain red corners beautifully complementing the traditional Sarab borders and offsetting the camel field perfectly. A great looker in very good condition, near full pile and all original ends and sides intact. There is one small reweave in the field, not noticeable from the front. A nice piece of a much sought after group that works in contemporary as well as traditional interiors.
A very beautiful example of tribal rug art with great natural colours and a well balanced design. A single row of small animal figures along the top and bottom short end border adds to the quirky charm of this fine piece. In excellent condition for its age with only a few minor spots of old repiling, original kilim ends and side cords still present.
A beautiful example of the typical style of work from Sarab, known mainly for its runner formats but more occasionally for larger carpets. This early piece was woven on wool foundation with beautiful, clear and soft natural colours, excellent wool and a very pleasant handle. These runners are highly sought after as they work in both minimal, contemporary settings as well as classical, period environments. In near perfect condition throughout, original ends and sides intact and only a couple of irrelevant, minute improvements to 2 corners.
A exceptional runner of the highest quality available from Ingelas where, at the time, some superb rugs and runners were woven. Today by contrast, Ingelas are at the bottom of the heap of crude, poor Hamadans.
The narrow format is rare, and genuine - many narrow runners are deliberately reduced - whereas this piece has been maintained in perfect condition given a minimum of use. The dyes are natural, the knotting exceptional at around 170/sq inch, free of repairs in full pile.
Sarab is best known for its distinctive runners woven around the turn of the century, recognised by their light beige or camel brown ground and open, rhythmical designs. The best pieces were woven in the late 19th C with a lot of open space and un-cluttered borders, using only superb natural colours for the wool dyeing.
This big runner is an absolute cracker, with fresh, light colours, an inspired and quirky design showing playful spontaneity. In excellent condition throughout and a highly decorative, impressive furnishing piece.
An impressive and very beautiful runner with magnificent natural colours, in superb original condition. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down