The following is a complete listing of our Antique and Semi-antique rugs and carpets in current stock. They are arranged in order of size, starting with the smallest.
Each and every piece has been personally and carefully selected, based on 45 years of experience buying Antique rugs. I only buy exceptional pieces in perfect or near perfect condition, preferably untouched by restoration, alterations, heavy wear, artificial "antique wash" treatments or any other interference that would negatively effect value.
The quality must be top end, as must be artistic merit, visual appeal and, ideally, a degree of relative rarity within its group.
Click on images to enlarge. More images of each lot available upon request. A number of very beautiful antique pieces, as well as potentially a collection of old DOBAGs, will be posted gradually in the coming weeks.
This section updated 23/9/2023
A very elegant, beautifully drawn and finely woven Tekke carpet in excellent condition throughout. There is one very small, old spot repair in the lower field which can be restored on demand but occasionally one or two small, inconsequential old repairs simply add to the character of antique carpets.
For further info on this piece, click on Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
This group of antique carpets have always been much sought after due to their striking, yet subtle design and, in antique examples, wonderful natural colours. This piece has a real village charm showing plenty of attractive spontaneity and uncluttered design. The colours are exceptionally attractive, natural dyes at their best with subtlety of soft colours that can only be achieved by time.
Georavan Heriz carpets are typically of fairly coarse weave but instead of thick, glossy pile, set to last for generations. In very good condition throughout, mostly in full pile, only a couple of very minor spots of old re-piling. Sides and ends are original and intact. More images available on request.
A very well drawn, elegant carpet from one of the most well renowned carpet weaving cities in Iran. The general standard of weaving, the well balanced and finely drawn designs, harmonising colours and pleasing proportions seen in early 20th C Kashans placed them at the very top of Persian carpet production.
This example has good natural colours, high quality glossy wool and dense knotting at around 240/sq inch. There is one old spot of restoration near the lower right corner, plus a few small traces of old moth damage. Other than that the carpet is in full pile and complete all around.
Kashan carpets of this period were often among the most elegant and classically drawn of all Persian city carpets. At this time most of the better qualities were still employing naturally dyed yarns of the highest quality, the designs drawn by very experienced masters who fully understood the merits of good design and perfectly harmonising colours. This carpet would immediately transform a dull, soulless space into a highly sofisticated, elegant and luxurious drawing room. The carpet is in near perfect condition with only a few tiny areas of slight spot wear - most of it retains its full pile. A beautiful carpet for a special room.
This spectacular carpet was originally owned by a Stockholm family and subsequently sold by us in 2002 to a private Irish collector. It has a relatively rare, very beautifully drawn allover design, much sought after by decorators as they are easier for furnishing purposes compared to the more traditional medallion Kashans.
The quality is at the very highest level with a knot count of 272/sq inch or a total for the carpet of a staggering 5,8 million. This would have required a team of 4 highly skilled weavers and taken them at least 2 years to complete. It has been kept in perfect condition by both previous owners, in full pile throughout, no moth damage, only one tiny, old spot repair of no consequence along the right side. All dyes are natural, the merino wool glowing like silk. A wonderful carpet at a very keen price and almost impossible to replace.