Christie’s, Rugs and Carpets, London, 14 October 2004

Category: Auctions

The auction includes 256 lots.
Selection from the preview.
All images ©Christie’s


LOT: 12
RUG NAME: KARAGASHLI RUG
AGE:
ESTIMATE: 4.000 – 6.000 GBP
SOLD: 4.780 GBP
DESCRIPTION: A KARAGASHLI RUG
EAST CAUCASUS, CIRCA 1880
The indigo field scattered with a variety of floral motifs around a column of six concentric rust-red and mid-blue stepped lozenge medallions, a palmette serrated pendant above and below, in a golden yellow border of polychrome angular S-motifs between shaded rust-red and mid-blue flowerhead stripes, narrow mill-pattern minor stripes, full pile throughout with a short original kilim strip at each end, one with short knotted fringes, overall excellent condition
7ft.4in. x 4ft.2in. (224cm. x 128cm.)


LOT: 135
RUG NAME: KARATCHOPF RUG
AGE: ca. 1870
ESTIMATE: 2.800 – 3.500 GBP
SOLD: 3.346 GBP
DESCRIPTION: A KARATCHOPF RUG SOUTH CAUCASUS, CIRCA 1870
The indigo field scattered with geometric hooked motifs and long rectangular part rust-red and indigo panels around a central indented indigo rectangular panel containing a central column of alternating tan and ivory square panels containing stellar flowerheads and geometric motifs, all in a shaded charcoal-brown hooked polychrome motif border between reciprocal skittle-pattern and narrow mill-pattern minor stripes 7ft.5in. x 4ft.11in. (226cm. x 150cm.)


LOT: 245
RUG NAME: KASHAN
AGE: ca. 1880
ESTIMATE: 30.000 – 50.000 GBP
SOLD: 35.850 GBP
DESCRIPTION: A LARGE KASHAN “MOHTASHAM” CARPET CENTRAL PERSIA, CIRCA 1880
The ivory field of Joshaghan design with a rose-pink centre filled with flowering palmette vine around a central indigo roundel, a pale ice-blue abrash running through the centre, the cusped shaded rust-red spandrels of similar design each centred with a weeping-willow, in an indigo linked palmette and scrolling vine border between multiple rust-red and ivory floral meander stripes, localised areas of wear 19ft.9in. x 16ft.6in. (600cm. x 500cm.)


LOT: 28
RUG NAME: Khotan rug
AGE: ca. 1800
ESTIMATE: 20.000 – 30.000 GBP
SOLD: 23.900 GBP
DESCRIPTION: A KHOTAN RUG EAST TURKESTAN, CIRCA 1800
The shaded rust-red field with an overall linked vase and pomegranate lattice design, in a polychrome cloudband border with an outer sky-blue angular vine stripe and a plain rust-red outer stripe, good pile throughout, overall excellent condition
8ft.8in. x 4ft.2in. (263cm. x 128cm.)
Literature Murray L.Eiland: Chinese and Exotic Rugs, New York, 1979, pp.114-115.
Lot Notes: More often associated with Yarkand, the design, which many refer to as a symbol of fertility, is slightly unusual in this particular piece as it only features one vase where often there are two, see lot 112.


LOT: 61
RUG NAME: Malatya
AGE: ca. 1860
ESTIMATE: 4.000 – 6.000 GBP
SOLD: 8.365
DESCRIPTION: A MALATYA LONG RUG
CENTRAL ANATOLIA, CIRCA 1860
The field divided into four coloured square panels of pale green, rust-orange and shaded indigo, containing serrated octagons within cruciform shaped lozenges, in a dusty orange multicoloured geometric shaped border with a similar narrow inner border, corroded brown, localised areas of wear mainly in the central panels, selvages rebound in parts
12ft.1in. x 4ft.5in. (368cm. x 135cm.)


LOT: 72
RUG NAME: Kirman
AGE: ca. 1900
ESTIMATE: 10.000 – 15.000 GBP
SOLD: 13.145 GBP
DESCRIPTION: A PICTORIAL KIRMAN RUG
BY ABU’L QASEM KIRMANI, SOUTH EAST PERSIA, CIRCA 1900
The field divided into two horizontal pictoral panels depiciting the rock reliefs at Bisutun, with an inscription cartouche beneath both, in an inscription cartouche border between wine-red flowerhead stripes, even overall wear with one minute spot stain, overall in very good condition 9ft. x 6ft.9in. (274cm. x 206cm.) Lot Notes The pictorial scenes depicted in the present rug are taken from the massive Sassanian rock reliefs at Naqsh-i-Rajab and Naqsh-i-Rustam, dating from the third century A.D. The lower panel depicts the earliest and most famous of these reliefs at Naqsh-i-Rustam. Carved into the cliff near the Tombs of Darius and Xerxes, it depicts Ardashir I, the founder of the Sasanian dynasty (226-40 AD), seated on a horse receiving a diadem symbolizing sovereignty from the god Hormuzd (Ahuramazda). Under the horse of the King lies the last of the Parthian Kings, Artabanus. Under the horse of Ahuramazda lies “the one who lies,” the devil Ahriman. Behind Ardashir, holding a fly-whisk, is a guard, perhaps his son Shapur, which means “the son of the Shah.” The upper panel relates to a stone relief at Naqsh-i-Rajab which depicts the investiture of Shapur (241-72 A.D.) son and successor of Ardeshir I. The same cartoon as the present lot was also used by Abu’l Qasem Kirmani on an identical piece in the carpet Museum in Tehran. The museum has another example of his work which depicts a different tomb carving, suggesting that he perhaps wove a series of rugs portraying the various rock carvings depicting the “King of Kings” of the Aryans, near Persepolis, Gans-Ruedin E., Splendeur du Tapis Persan, Fribourg, 1978, pp.436-9.


LOT: 90
RUG NAME: KARATCHOPF RUG
AGE: ca. 1870
ESTIMATE: 12.000 – 16.000 GBP
SOLD: 14.340 GBP
DESCRIPTION: Lot Description A KARATCHOPF RUG SOUTH CAUCASUS, CIRCA 1870
The tomato-red field scattered with angular polychrome flowerheads and hooked lozenge motifs with two ivory hooked panels at either end containing stellar motifs with a further two indigo panels containing hooked motifs above and below a central square medallion containing an ivory octagon with a tomato-red centre, in a shaded ink-blue polychrome flowerhead and geometric motif border between narrow reciprocal skittle-pattern stripes and mill-pattern minor stripes, a couple of small repairs and touches of minute repiling 8ft.1in. x 6ft.3in. (245cm. x 190cm.)



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