In this category I list recently acquired pieces of all groups and sizes for a duration of maximum 4 months after arrival, thereafter they appear in their respective sections. More images of any lot available on request. Updated 30/7/2021.
These bag faces formed a large part of dowry among the Jaf Kurds out of which only a small number might have been in daily use and the remainder stored away as future assets. Woven on wool foundation with locally dyed natural colours and hand spun wool these bag faces are popular among collectors of tribal weavings, the very finest examples commanding rising prices at international auctions.
In fairly good condition with slight, even surface wear, replaced side cords and secured long ends. A nice, decorative and modestly priced piece of Kurdish tribal art, ideal for wall display
A very attractive late 19th C tribal rug, woven at a time when the Quashq'ai were still migrating with the seasons with their flocks. The weaver has clearly enjoyed herself, filling the field with a huge repertoire of important symbols such as birds, plants, trees, botehs and evil eye motifs. All dyes are natural, light and water fast (meaning there's no risk of colour run), the wool hand spun and of the highest quality.
Apart from a couple of minute repairs, in the center and lower right corner, the rug is in very good condition throughout. There are two minute and insignificant repairs, spots of very slight surface wear and original side cords probably overbound in the past. An attractive, decorative and collectible rug. For a related piece, ref David Black, Woven Gardens, Pl. 2.
This magnificent, oversize DOBAG carpet was commissioned for an Irish dining room in 1994 and it has recently found its way back to me. It took a team of 4 experienced weavers, all members of the DOBAG project, over a year to complete, holding in excess of 1 million hand tied knots.
Hardly used, the carpet is in excellent original condition throughout with no wear or repairs. Since 1995 it has acquired a bit of patina with a sheen from the wool pile that will only get better the more it's used. DOBAG is now defunct and so this is a unique treasure that can never be recreated - it is also one of the largest DOBAGs we ever handled. It comes complete with its original certificate and DOBAG label.
More images available on request. The carpet has now been professionally cleaned after photography and the wool and colours now have a rich sheen.
A beautiful little "poushti" (seating cushion), finely knotted at 255/sq inch with superb, glossy wool from this area which is famed for its raising production as well as the top quality rugs from the village of Jozan.
In perfect, original and untouched condition throughout, it has probably never been walked on, rather stored away and only used for seating to accomodate distinguished guests. Top quality wool, woven on cotton foundation, ready for use on the floor, on the wall, or draped over good furniture.
A very pretty runner with an unusual design and colouring for this region. A deep midnight blue, almost black, makes a striking contrast with the soft greens, rusts and yellows, all dyes naturally produced.
In very good condition throughout, original side cords and secured ends, in good pile apart from small areas of very slight surface wear, enough to give it that lived in look.
This is a rare and early example of Azerbaijani weaving, woven on ivory and light brown wool foundation with superb, lustrous wool pile dyed in exquisite natural dyes. I can't find any useful reference example in literature but it clearly features both Caucasian and Persian design details whereas the weave points to the Karabagh region on the Caucasian side.
Generally in excellent condition, it has lost one knot row at the lower end, the upper end is intact including the original kilim, side cords original and only one very minor repair in the field. A rare and collectible beauty of good age that would enhance any home setting, clean and ready to go.
A very striking, attractive rug from the versatile group of Bakthiari, comprehensively researched by the eminent dealer Peter Willborg of Stockholm, Sweden, who sadly passed away recently. In his book are references to several pieces with identical weave structure, style of design and choice of (all natural) colours.
A highly decorative, heavy and robust piece on an unusual format, in excellent condition throughout with its original ends present, side cords in the correct position (but overcast), near full pile throughout and repair free. A great, unusual piece that is both decorative, practical and rare.
An unusual Bakthiari rug with the allover "mina khani" flowers normally seen in other weaving districts far away from this region such as Veramin much further north. The natural colours have mellowed beautifully, giving the rug a truly "antique" appearance. The sky blue border frames the red field beautifully.
In fairly good condition throughout with signs of old moth nibbles in small areas near the border, side cords overcast and a couple of minute, old spot repairs.
An exceptionally finely woven example of the beautiful Perepedils featuring the characteristic "kufic" main border (which in fact inspired me in 1980 to use as my logo..). Woven on wool the best examples from the late 19th C are often of exceptional quality - this example among the best I have come across with a knot count of 269/sq inch.
Unlike later, more rigid, examples, this rug was woven "freestyle" with whimsical details and charming irregularities mainly in the borders but also in the field. Note in particular the inclusion of 6 human figures in the field, a rare sight in these beautiful rugs. Top quality wool, superb natural dyes only, in full pile throughout with original side cords and strands of end kilims still present. The only repairs are very minor, professionally executed reweaves to lower end corners. An absolute gem of a piece involving a year of superb weaving skills.
A wonderful, early Heriz carpet with exceptional, soft and light natural colours, all achived by natural dyeing as against the distructive standard post war practise of chemical "antique wash" treatments. The quirky design, notably in the borders, shows the 2-3 weavers worked without cartoons, rather using memorised local motifs and symbols.
For its age the carpet is in excellent condition, good pile throughout apart from a few small areas of slight surface wear but still with its original side cords and free of general repairs. Each short end shows small lines of old repiling, now secured. A highly decorative gem of a piece the likes of which are highly sought after by decorators world wide.