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Deadline Vienna – Austria Auction Company’s opening sale

Udo Langauer’s Austria Auction Company’s inaugural Vienna sale of ‘Fine Antique Oriental Rugs’ at the Novomatic Forum in Friedrichstraße this coming Saturday September 21, 2013, beginning at 4 p.m., has a good number of worthy collector carpets among the 200 plus lots on offer,.

First among them is a trio of Turkmen main carpets: Lot 137, a Saryk carpet with the temirjin göl; lot 80, a ‘Karadashli’ carpet, and Lot 147, a Yomut with so-called ‘C’-göls. They head a lineup many ‘Turkomanics’ have become excited about since the sale was first announced, including a Saryk kapunuk with its original long tassels still intact, Lot 150.

For aficionados of Persian weaving a double-sided Fars gabbeh, Lot 192, a finely woven, big-boteh Afshar, Lot 9, and Lot 89, a very unusual Sehna prayer kilim with a ‘unique’ style of floating mihrab and the fine weave that typifies this sought after genre of flatweave from Persian Kurdistan, are all rare items in excellent original condition.

Two Caucasian rugs, Lot 19, a ‘classic’ Karagashli and Lot 67, a rare Chi Chi prayer rug, are standouts, as too is Lot 212, a brilliantly coloured 4-medallion Akstafa long rug.

Fans of Turkish classical rugs will no doubt notice the Star Ushak, Lot 101, which is a beautiful and excellent addition to small pre-17th century group of carpets. No too far behind in age and importance is the double-niche Ushak, Lot 56, conservatively dated in the catalogue to 1750. Also of note is  an unusual Bergama double niche prayer rug, Lot 5.

Collectors of sumakh technique weavings, both khorjins and small carpet format, have two outstanding examples to consider. Lot 45, a colourful bag face from the first half of the 19th century is arguably a best of type.  So too is a finely-woven, squareish, small Zeikhur sumakh rug, Lot 159. And those whose interests are focused on textiles will be pleased to see an uncommon blue ground Kashmiri Chand-dar, or moon-shawl with an unusually small central medallion and corner quarter medallions. A two-metre high, four-panel, kalamkari saf, Lot 183, with a plethora of animals and flowers is as fresh as the day it was made; its colours a glorious vision of heaven on earth.

Other items worth mentioning include a rare green trefoil bordered Uzbek felt rug, Lot 49; a white ground Shirvan kilim with large hooked medallions, Lot 153; and a very attractive, crisply woven Baluch rug with an intriguing border, Lot 191.

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