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Oriental Carpets & Textiles, Christie’s London Autumn Islamic Sale, 26 October 2017

In addition to a handful of excellent textiles, Christie’s autumn ‘Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds‘ at King Street on Thursday 26 October 2017 has a separate section at the end of the sale of oriental rugs and carpets that contains a good number of top quality, antique collectable and high end decorative pieces. For an auction season that includes the much publicised celebrity offerings elsewhere (Hodgkin & Alexander), Louise Broadhurst has put together a very creditable group of 64 rugs and carpets, mainly in excellent condition.


Lot 266 – A Shadda Blanket, South Caucasus, first half 19th century. Weft face structure with extra weft wrapped patterning, two joined panels, stitched onto a material backing, overall very good condition. 9ft.4in. x 5ft.11in. (285cm. x 180 cm.) £20,000-25,000

Over the past year, Christie’s worldwide have been through a major, market-driven, corporate change in in their approach to the selling of oriental carpets and Islamic textiles and other areas of decorative arts, and rugs are now offered at the end of the hefty Islamic Art catalogue.


Lot 306 – A West Anatolian ‘Ghirlandaio’ Rug, late 17th century. Minor light localised wear, a repaired tear and reweave to one side, a few minute cobbled repairs otherwise very good condition. 6ft.11in. x 4ft.8in. (210cm. x 141cm.) £40,000-60,000 .

Turkish pieces on offer in London include a 17th century West Anatolian ‘Ghirlandaio’ rug (£40-60,000) and a very good, very decorative, large-medallion Ushak carpet (£35,000-55,000).


Lot 313 – A Kazak Rug, South Caucasus, second half 19th century. Overall excellent condition 7ft.11in. x 5ft.5in. (242cm. x 166cm.) £40,000-60,000

The selection of Caucasian rugs includes a late Karabagh Dragon carpet from a US collection (£18-25,000), while a Karabagh Kelleh, inscribed 1205 (1791 AD) with a small central medallion on an unusual lattice field and white-ground borders is estimated at £15-25,000. There is a rather worn white-ground C-type Star Kazak (£15-20,000), another rare Kazak rug of a desirable type, consigned by an Italian collector, was once in the Ralph S. Yohe collection (£40,000-60,000), a very unusual silk foundation prayer rug (£25-35,000), and a lovely black-ground tribal shadda with camels (£20-25,000).



Lot 312 – North West Persian Runner (detail), late 18th century .Even light overall wear, scattered repiling and restoration, reduced in length. 13ft.4in. x 3ft.5in. (407cm. x 105cm.) £15,000-20,000

A refined chuval-göl Yomut Turkmen main carpet, possibly 18th century is in at £25-35,000, and an inscribed Bakhtiari Khan carpet  of medallion design, made around 1890 for Agha Mostafa Gholi Khan Bakhtiari, is estimated at £15-25,000. A top-notch ‘Mohtashem’ Kasham, also in a medallion design, is expected to fetch £15-25,000, as is a well known northwest Persian runner with camel ground and bold blue and white reciprocal trefoil borders, possibly 18th century, previously published by Herrmann and sold at Rippon Boswell.


Lot 250: UZBEK SUSANI, PROBABLY BUKHARA, 19TH CENTURY. 98 x 74in. (249 x 188cm.) £15,000-20,000

The textiles in the sale, which would have appeared at South Kensington in past years, include two excellent Uzbek suzani embroideries—a large Shahrisyabz with a four-and one field design from an Israeli collection at £20-30,000, and a lovely Bukhara  (£15-20,000)— as well as some charming examples of Greek Island embroidery.




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