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 7/4/2021.
A robust, well woven Heriz runner, not yet antique but still old enough to feature only good, natural dyes. Evidence of age is seen in several areas of "abrash" where the weaver has switched wool batches resulting in straight horisontal lines as the natural colours slowly fade at different pace.
This is a solid, hard wearing runner, ideal for entrance hallways or anywhere requiring high tolerance for wear and use. In perfect condition, free of repairs, set to last for generations, also of a size that is much sought after. Very decorative and practical with beatufiul, warm colours to cheer you up.
A beautiful, decorative and finely woven late 19th C Bidjar on wool foundation, using excellent quality wool and superb natural dyes. At first sight, the rug appears to be woven following a precise cartoon, until you look more closely at both field and borders where the weaver's skillful use of compromises and improvisation becomes obvious. The warm, madder red border of paired birds is one seldom found in Bidjars, adding character and charm to the piece.
In superb condition throughout, free of repairs, in full pile, secure all around with only one knot row missing at the lower end. Woven on a wool foundation at around 144/sq inch. A very attractive rug, set to last even on busy floors for a few generations to come, Bidjars of this quality being almost impossible to wear out.
This beautiful runner illustrates why some 19th C Caucasian rugs top the collectors' wish list worldwide. The spontaneous design, the large number of superb natural colours, the clear understanding of proportions and colour harmony, places them in a class of their own.
In very good condition throughout this lovely piece is still in near full pile throughout, the original side cords and one short end present, the other only having lost one knot row. There are scatterings of minor, well executed repairs throughout. Similar pieces are illustrated in Ian Bennett's book Caucasian Rugs, pl. 185, 189 and 203. A great piece that has been lovingly cherished by its previous owners.
An early and striking runner featuring a style of design that later on became more simplified and planned, ascribed to the NW Persian town of Karadja. This is the oldest example I have come across, showing a free spirit in terms of design and a huge range of beautiful natural colours. Finely knotted on a wool foundation it was probably woven by one of the migrating tribes in the region.
Each main motif running up the center axis differs to the next, as do all the filler motifs and borders. The weaver has clearly worked entirely from memory as she progressed the work (which would stretch to over one year), creating something unique.
In fair condition throughout, some areas still with full pile but others showing some re-piling and minor repairs. Original side cords, loss of a few knot rows at the lower end. A rare beauty but not for the front hall.
This beautiful rug is a great example of the ivory ground, all-over design Kuba rugs woven in the 19th century. Woven freestyle without cartoons, the weaver has managed to maintain an impressive elegance, yet leaving lots of quirky spontaneity, mainly in the beautiful border. The wonderful, all natural colours are clear and well chosen, the deep red border framing the light field to perfection.
There are no repairs other than minor tidying up around short ends and sides, most of which are undisturbed original. The rug has been displayed on the wall in its previous life as a much deserved work of art.
For reference pieces, see Ian Bennett, Caucasian Rugs, Pl. 411 and 424.
A very beautiful, clean and appealing Heriz of an unusually small carpet size - hard to find and much in demand both for contemporary and classical settings. The all natural colours glow, enhanced by lanolin rich wool, still in fairly high pile apart from small areas of slight surface wear. Original side cords, no loss at ends except the few kilim strands that normally needs replacing/stopping after a century on the floor. A superb furnishing carpet that would, like most Heriz's, transform any room.