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Ushaks and more in Dorotheum’s 24th September 2013 Vienna carpet sale

Expert Wolfgang Matschek’s sixth major auction of oriental carpets, textiles and tapestries at the Vienna Dorotheum on 24 September 2013 will present 201 lots, including an unusually large number of historical and collectable carpets from Anatolia and the Caucasus, as well as Persian and Turkmen carpets, Central asian embroideries, and Brussels tapestries.

Some items date back to the seventeenth century, among them a number of Ushaks of various design types. Matschek expects €80,000–120,000 to be reached by Lot 36, a large-medallion Ushak carpet dating to ca. 1650, which is distinguished by its brilliant colours. Another large-medallion Ushak (Lot 123) comes in an unusually small format, 2.10m x 1.30m (estimate €24.000–€30.000) , while lot 131, an Ushak  Lotto arabesque rug of the so-called ‘kilim’ type, dating to the late seventeenth century, carries an estimated price of €25,000–€30,000, while lot 25, a star Ushak, is estimates at €20,000-26,000.

Among other lots, a Salor Turkmen main carpet (Lot 71) from the last quarter of the eighteenth century, measuring 3.17m x 2.47m and rather worn, is valued at €50,000–€75,000. A Tekke Turkmen embroidered pentagonal asmalyk, lot 112, also with some wear, and a Samarkand suzani embroidery from Uzbekistan, lot 65,are both expected to fetch €12,000-14,ooo, while a Shahrisyabz embroidery, lot 14, is listed at €10,000-15,000. A good  ‘classic’ Karachov Kazak, lot 132, carries an estimate of €30,ooo-40,000.

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Lot 36 - Large Medallion Oushak, West Anatolia, Dorotheum Auction

Lot No. 36 – Large-Medallion Ushak carpet, West Anatolia, c.1650, 388 x 232 cm. Estimate €80,000 – 120,000


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