Netherhampton Salerooms, Carpets, Rugs and Textiles

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The auction at Netherhampton Salerooms May 14, 2009 includes 595 carpets, rugs and textiles.
Selection from the preview.
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Bakhtiari wagireh ca. 1940

LOT: 1519
RUG NAME: Bakhtiari wagireh
AGE: ca. 1940
ESTIMATE: 150 – 250 GBP
DESCRIPTION: Bakhtiari wagireh, Shalamzar, Chahar Mahal Valley, west Persia about 1940, 4ft.4in. x 4ft.3in. 1.32m. x 1.30m. Slight uneven wear. Although almost certainly intended as a wagireh, the rug has been so designed as to make it functional as a prayer rug, even to the extent of having the pile in the opposite direction to the mihrab, as in most Turkish prayer rugs in contrast to the majority from Iran. £150-250

European Art Deco carpet ca. 1920-30

LOT: 1655
RUG NAME: European Art Deco carpet
AGE: ca. 1920-30
ESTIMATE: 3,500 – 4,000 GBP
DESCRIPTION: 1655. An attractive and unusual European Art Deco carpet, probably English about 1920-30, 12ft.10in. x 9ft. 10in. 3.90m. x 3m. Although the design of this remarkable carpet is reminiscent of those made for the French retail firm of Sue et Mar, the hand-knotted structure is typical of British manufacturers such as Templeton, Wilton and Donegal. The design cannot at present be attributed to any individual artist or designer although both in colour and pattern it is reminiscent of some of the carpets designed by members of the Bloomsbury group and made at Wilton. £3500-4000

Nurata suzani second half 19th century

LOT: 1748
RUG NAME: Nurata suzani
AGE: second half 19th century
ESTIMATE: 2,000 – 4,000 GBP
DESCRIPTION: 1748. An exceptional Nurata suzani, in silk basma and tambour stitches on a cotton ground, Uzbekistan, second half 19th century, 99in. x 68in. 251cm. x 173cm. Some small areas of loss to the embroidery, particularly in the yellow floral spray top right corner, slight staining lower right border, some slight discolouration and minor insect holes in places. Original ikat binding, re-backed with plain linen. Although suzanis with disparate floral sprays were not exclusively made in Nurata (there are Bokhara examples, for instance), nevertheless it is with this particular area that this design type is most often associated. The single boteh with a chequer-board field is a motif often found on Nurata suzanis, for instance Black and Loveless, Embroidered Flowers from Thrace to Tartary, no. 24.The quality of drawing and the richness of colour in the present example are outstanding. £2000-4000

Marasali prayer rug dated 1889-90

LOT: 1988
RUG NAME: Marasali prayer rug
AGE: dated 1889-90
ESTIMATE: 4,000 – 6,000 GBP
DESCRIPTION: 1988. A superb black Marasali prayer rug, Shirvan region, south east Caucasus dated1307[AH] (1889-90 AD), 5ft.1in. x 4ft.2in. 1.55m. x 1.27m. Slight even wear overall.This is a splendid representative of one of the most desirable groups of Caucasian rugs, the ‘black’ Marasali prayer rugs (so called because of their use of surmey, the deep saturated blue-black dye, for the ground).The two best known of this type are the ex-Straka rug sold at auction in New York some years ago (see The Oriental Rug Collection of Jerome and Mary Jane Straka no. 102) and the ex- Ballard rug now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York; there are also at least two other closely related rugs in the literature, the example in Schurmann, Caucasian Rugs, no. 78 and the one two formerly with Nagel in Stuttgart (see Bennett, Oriental Rugs vol. 1: Caucasian, no. 233).These four rugs share two distinguishing characteristics – small size and a somewhat ‘wonky’ drawing of the chess-like motif in the main border together with a green pediment on each motif. The Straka rug, for instance, measures no more than 3ft.9in. x 2ft.11in. (1.1m. x 0.89m) and is the smallest of the four. The present rug retains some of the most pleasing characteristics of this ‘small’ group including the vivid colour and interior decoration of the botehs and the large size of the botehs relative to the field (between seven and ten vertical rows with the largest number being on the smallest rug, the Straka). What would appear to be later examples, such as the one included in Hasson, Caucasian Rugs, an exhibition catalogue for the L.A. Mayer Memorial Museum, Jerusalem, 1986, no. 24, tend to have smaller botehs in up to twelve rows. As for the dating of these rugs, the ex-Ballard rug apparently bears a date of 1233[AH] (1817-18 AD), the Straka rug was described as ‘Late 18th century’ in the owner’s catalogue and the example in Bennett has an apparent inscription which Nagel’s read as 1211[AH] (1796- 7AD) when they offered it at auction in the 1970s. In all cases these early dates are open to considerable doubt and a date no earlier than the mid 19th century seems most reliable for all of them; this would make the date of the present example, which probably does represent a slightly later version than the Straka-ex- Ballard group Entirely believable. £4000-6000

Genje prayer rug second half 19th century

LOT: 1994
RUG NAME: Genje prayer rug
AGE: second half 19th century
ESTIMATE: 300 – 350 GBP
DESCRIPTION: Unusual Genje (?) prayer rug, south west Caucasus second half 19th century, 7ft.1in. x 4ft.5in. 2.16m. x 1.35m. Uneven wear in field, heavy in three small areas. This beautiful rug, with its rich palette and rare design, is clearly related to the equally unusual rug illustrated by Schurmann, Caucasian Rugs, no 50, p. 158. Both have a long vertical quadripartite medallion with ivory outlining containing a single line castellated zigzag pattern in brown. There are obvious differences in the overall shape of the main medallions; the Schurmann example has two hands at the top end and a distinctly anthropomorphic appearance while ours has a free standing mihrab arch. Thus both imply use as a prayer rug although, as with the previous lot in this sale, such a use is difficult to square with so large and heavy a piece. Our rug has unusual double blue wool wefts, as opposed to the double red wefts of the Schurmann example; this suggests a possible attribution to east Anatolia. £300-350

Qashqa’i filikli mid 20th century

LOT: 2039
RUG NAME: Qashqa’i filikli
AGE: mid 20th century
ESTIMATE: 150 – 200 GBP
DESCRIPTION: Unusual long Qashqa’i filikli, unspun wool symmetrically knotted onto striped plainweave ground with supplementary weft wrapping, Fars, south west Persia mid 20th century, 11ft.2in. x 3ft.11in. 3.40m. x 1.20m. Losses to both long borders, areas of damage and loss mainly lower end. £150-200

Afshar khorjin face late 19th century

LOT: 2047
RUG NAME: Afshar khorjin face
AGE: late 19th century
ESTIMATE: 400 – 500 GBP
DESCRIPTION: An exceptional Afshar khorjin face, Kerman area, south west Persia late 19th century, 2ft. x 2ft.8in. 0.61m. x 0.81m. Slight even wear overall. A bag face with outstandingly rich colour and a beautifully balanced design. £400-500

Jaf Kurd khorjin face late 19th century

LOT: 2049
RUG NAME: Jaf Kurd khorjin face
AGE: late 19th century
ESTIMATE: 200 – 300 GBP
DESCRIPTION: An attractive Jaf Kurd khorjin face, north west Persia late 19th century 1ft.11in. x 2ft.3in. 0.58m. x 0.69m. Slight even wear overall. An example with rich colour and fine wool. £200-300

Qashqa’i second half 19th century

LOT: 2056
RUG NAME: Qashqa’i
AGE: second half 19th century
ESTIMATE: 1,200 – 1,800 GBP
DESCRIPTION: An outstanding rug possibly by the Arab-cherpanlu tireh of the Sheshboluki taifeh of the Qashqa’i Confederation, Fars, south west Persia second half 19th century 7ft.3in. x 4ft.9in. 2.21m. x 1.45m. Even wear overall, some repiling to the ivory and yellow areas in places. In the richness of its colour, the crispness of its ‘drawing’ and its beautifully balanced design of three medallions containing wonderfully elegant versions of the so-called ‘Qashqa’i emblem’, this is certainly an old and exceptionally beautiful Fars tribal rug. One might also consider it an archetypal Qashqa’i weaving of the finest kind with a number of stylistic features that strongly suggest an Arab-cherpanlu origin. However, the rug provides researchers with one over-riding problem – it is symmetrically knotted – and whilst it would be foolish to assume that even the most typical Qashqa’i weavers never used the symmetric knot, its use on a rug of this kind is very unusual and one would be hard-pressed to find an equivalent in the extensive literature of south west Persian weaving. £1200-1800

LOT: 2088
RUG NAME: Qashqa’i khorjin face
AGE: ca. 1920
ESTIMATE: 150 – 200 GBP
DESCRIPTION: Qashqa’i khorjin face, Fars, south west Persia about 1920, 2ft.2in. x 2ft. 0.66m. x 0.61m. Complete with flatwoven closing band at top end.£150-200

Qashqa’i khorjin face ca. 1900-20

LOT: 2096
RUG NAME: Qashqa’i khorjin face
AGE: ca. 1900-20
ESTIMATE: 80 – 120 GBP
DESCRIPTION: Qashqa’i khorjin face, Fars, south west Persia about 1900-20, 2ft. x 1ft.11in. 0.61m. x 0.59m £80-120

Jaf Kurd khorjin face late 19th century

LOT: 2097
RUG NAME: Jaf Kurd khorjin face
AGE: late 19th century
ESTIMATE: 100 – 150 GBP
DESCRIPTION: Jaf Kurd khorjin face, north west Persia late 19th century, 1ft.10in. x 2ft.7in. 0.56m. x 0.79m. £100-150


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