The runner selection lists the Semi-antique, Antique and DOBAG runners in current stock. DOBAG runners 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 25/11/2023.
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.
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.
A welcome resale of a lovely runner woven 30 years ago, sold at the time to a private Dublin collector. The demise of the DOBAG project is most regrettable, having given the village families involved a huge personal boost as well as financial reward.
In very good condition throughout, all intact and free of repairs. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions and scroll down.
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.
A finely knotted Karadja runner on cotton foundation with a knot count of 130/sq inch. Unlike the later, commercial production, this example still features a totally improvised, spontaneous design with 9 differently drawn medallions. Among the many charming details you'll find four large goats and various other curious motifs.
In excellent, original condition, only with a tiny spot of professional re-piling at one corner plus securement at the lower short end, otherwise perfect and original all around, in full pile.
A highly decorative, elegant and straight Sarab runner, with the characteristic soft, light colouring and open design. In excellent condition throughout with full pile, original side cords and short ends, free of repairs and ready to brighten up any elegant hallway without any reservations about heavy traffic.
A highly decorative, charming and jolly runner featuring some quirky content such as various paired birds in the field with two peacocks near the top end. The piece has good natural dyes, good wool, original sides and ends and no restoration, only two areas with even wear resulting in low pile. In most areas it's in full pile, ready to serve for yet another generation at least.
Long, narrow runners have always been much in demand, the majority of Antique Persian pieces usually well over 3 ft wide. No photograph does this example justice - in real life it's a very striking, elegant piece with spectacularly good natural colours and top quality hand spun wool. Woven on wool warp it is a lot older than the later, sterile post War production that are woven on cotton, using inferior dyes and wool quality.
The runner has clearly been in very little use, treated with the respect it deserves, still in full pile with original sides and ends intact and no repairs. If you're looking for a hall runner that can take generations of use and only look better the more it is walked on, this one is for you.
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 quality 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.