The runner selection lists only the Semi-antique and Antique runners in current stock. DOBAG runners (when available) are also 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 4/3/2019.
This isolated Kurdish village region has for over a century woven rugs of Caucasian appearance, mostly with a distinctive design of "memling" guls on red ground, typically in oblong or runner format. Warp and weft are of dark brown wool, all dyes natural. In good condition throughout, original sides and ends, virtually repair free but showing slight, even wear across the centre field.
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.
The distinctive Kelardasht rugs from this period usually feature a single row of "Memling" guls on red ground. Like most Kurdish weavings they are woven on brown wool warp in fairly coarse weave but originally with thick pile, reflecting the beautiful natural colours like Caucasian Kazaks, a group with which they are often confused.
This example is unusually wide with generous border and open spaces, in very good condition showing only very slight spot wear. Original ends and sides intact, no repairs worth noting.
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 dyed wool and robust cotton warp weave. In good condition apart from one area of very slight wear which only adds to its charming character.
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 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.
Runners like this magnificent example are very rare on international markets. Most examples on offer would have wear, plenty of repairs, reduction in size, etc. This beauty is totally original with its ends and sides intact and only minimal spots of slight surface wear.
Woven on wool foundation it has glorious natural colours, impervious to light and water, meaning it won't fade and the colours won't run. If you have a large, cold corridor or hall way in need of warming up, this runner will do it in one blow, and it will last for generations to come. It will also "work" in contemporary as well as classical interiors.