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Preview: Carpets at Christie’s King Street, 8 October 2013

In addition to the eye-catching Vanderbilt North Indian pashmina star-lattice carpet (lot 50), Christie’s autumn sale of rugs and carpets at King Street, London, on 8 October 2013, includes a wide and varied range of antique collectable and decorative material from across the carpet weaving spectrum.

The consignment – the only remaining specialist carpet sale in the London schedule  – includes a classical Mughal shrub-lattice carpet, a Deccani silk rug and a silk ‘jail’ carpet from India with a well-rendered Mamluk design, as well as a Cairene floral rug, a Kerman vase carpet fragment, Esfahan silk ‘Polonaise’ and classical red-ground carpets, a brace of medallion Ushaks, and ‘Transylvanian’ and other pre- and post-1800 Turkish rugs. Other 19th century material includes a Saryk Turkmen Main Carpet and half a dozen Ersari/Beshir/Middle Amu Darya region prayer rugs, each of very different character. There is the customary consignment of 19th century Persian town carpets, figurative and otherwise, a good selection of Caucasian rugs, including a blue-ground single ‘sunburst’ carpet, a silk flatwoven ceremonial horse cover, and a well-known Karabagh medallion rug, as well as wool and silk carpets from China and East Turkestan, and other Persian, Caucasian and Turkish tribal and village rugs, and trappings.


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