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Salor kapunuk, Turkmenistan, mid 19th century, 4ft. 2in. x 4ft. 6in. Lot 195, Austrian Auction Company, 19th November, estimate: € 35.000 – 45.000. If Salors were once considered rare, then Salor kapunuks were almost unknown. There are approximately eight known, including one in the V&A, London and another in the Russain Ethnographic museum. Most the examples have similar designs and colours, and may range in date from mid-19th century to 18th century. There was one on the market in the last few years, which still had its fine tassels attached, however this example has a beautiful range of colours, including the use of two colours of silk, and movement in the drawing which suggests that it is earlier in the 19th century than later. In comparison to previous auction results and prices on the private market, this does not appear expensive.

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