Dorotheum to sell the Adil Besim Collection

Category: Auctions

Dorotheum will hold an auction 19 June 2018 at 5 pm of the collection of Adil Besim. The Adil Besim Collection includes a series of old and antique knotted carpets and textiles, a total of approximately 150 rare items, collected since 1946, by the company’s founder Adil and his son Ferdi Besim. The auction preview will take place from 13 June 2018.

The auction’s highlight will be lot 58, a 16th/17th century Selendi bird-design ushak measuring 336 x 200 cm with a starting bid of 500,000. Among other very old carpets is lot 69, a mid 17th century Transylvanian carpet measuring 157 x 123 cm.

Selendi Bird Ushak
Lot 58. Selendi Bird Ushak, West Anatolia (Turkey), c. 336 (340) x 200 cm, 16th/17th century.
Transylvanian carpet
Lot 69. Transylvanian Carpet,West Anatolia (Turkey), c. 157 x 123 cm, mid-17th century
Lot 76. Chelaberd, South Caucasus, c. 210 x 148 cm, late 19th century
Saruk Ferahan
Lot 127. Saruk Ferahan, West Persia (Iran), c. 201 x 138 cm, late 19th century
Tekke Chuval
Lot 34. Tekke Chuval, West Turkestan, c. 71 x 121 cm, first half of the 19th century

Dorotheum’s online catalogue has been published and can be found at

Location and more information: Dorotheum, Palais Dorotheum, Dorotheergasse 17, 1010 Vienna

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