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 7/9/2021.
A striking example of the rose pink single wefted rugs from Lilihan, modelled to an extent on the more expensive double wefted Sarouks, both of which were hugely in demand in the US market in the first half of the 20th C. This example has superb quality wool with a rich sheen, good natural dyes and preserved in near perfect condition as it was displayed on a wall by its previous caretakers.
The size is unusual and highly sought after by decorators - a good bit wider than the Persian norm (dozar) and therefore suitable to sit between big sofas. One curious details is the few small motifs that have been overdyed with a soft grey - a measure undoubtedly taken by traders at the time trying to fulfill the demands of the decorators' market.
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.
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.
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.