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 25/8/2021.
Clean, uncut (borders removed) antique runners of this size are extremely rare and sought after. I recall searching for one for our own home and it took several years to spot one that ticked all the boxes.
This is a real village rug, woven "freestyle" without cartoons or charts, thereby allowing the weaver to create a quirky, cheerful piece. The soft natural colours have mellowed beautifully and it has been kept in good condition by previous caretakers. Coarsely woven, as most Georavans are, near full pile in the main but one or two small areas showing slight wear. Original side cords present, no loss at short ends and generally in good shape. This image is taken from a ladder, hence its "crooked" appearance.
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.
This runner is also posted under stock headings DOBAGs. A beautiful piece of a highly useful size, highly decorative and quirky with its range of large star medallions, all different. Signed and dated by the weaver.
A very attractive runner of a much sought after size with an unusual design and colouring, in good condition throughout apart from spots of very slight surface wear. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
An unusual Heriz runner with a rustic design full of character and some beautiful shades of natural colours typical of the region. The yellow border with its quirky design is noteworthy as are a pair of small rugs, with fringes, in the center. In good condition throughout with original side cords and secured ends, 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 traditional Sarab runner with an elegant design of 5 linked medallions on light camel brown ground. The combination of ivory main border and three ivory medallions creates a very pleasing effect, a style of rug that works equally well in contemporary as well as vintage settings.
The runner has lost 2-3 knot rows at the upper short end and there are a few spots of old re-piling, other than that the piece is in good condition throughout showing only small spots of very slight surface wear. An elegant hall runner of a desirable size, at an affordable price.
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.
This beautiful runner is a first for me - in all my 45 years in the trade I have not come across this style of design in a 19th C Khamseh runner, nor one with the end panels. Superb natural colours, good wool, original kilims and side cords still present, only one small spot of old repiling of no consequence.
Woven on a warp of goats' hair and wool mixed it has the usual Khamseh red wool wefts and symmetrical knot, fairly coarsely woven at 72/sq inch. For further info on this piece, click Recent Acquisitions, and scroll down.
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.