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 14/10/2018.
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 wonderful short runner in superb condition, great natural colours, top quality wool, with a charming design and unusual border. 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.
This charming, original tribal weaving represents a long lost lifestyle and rug weaving tradition. At this time, rug weaving was a integral part of nomadic life, each piece woven entirely from the weaver's memory. The wool and the natural dyes were all sourced within the tribe, each rug totally original and impossible to replicate as nothing was written down or recorded. With the gradual settlement of these tribes their ancient craft was lost - plainly obvious when you compare with the pre-designed, sterile and synthetically dyed commercial "tribal rugs" woven in factories today for tourism and export, This piece has the classical "Yuruk" colour palette with thick, lustrous wool in most areas. The side cords have been sympathetically rebound and there are no other repairs.
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.
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 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.