Sotheby’s auction “Carpets” in New York 3 June 2005 includes 196 lots.
Selection from the preview.
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RUG NAME: BESHIR PRAYER RUG
AGE: ca. 1875
ESTIMATE: 4,000—6,000 USD
SOLD: 4,200 USD
DESCRIPTION: LOT 26 PROPERTY OF A NEW ENGLAND COLLECTOR A BESHIR PRAYER RUG, SOUTH TURKESTAN, 4,000—6,000 USD
MEASUREMENTS approximately 5ft. 8in. by 3ft. 3in. (1.73 by 0.99m.)
DESCRIPTION circa 1875 Condition Note: original upper kelim end finish, missing selvages and outer side guard stripes, foldwear, small holes, cobbled reweaves,
RUG NAME: SALOR WEDDING TRAPPING
AGE: ca. 1800
ESTIMATE: 20,000—30,000 USD
SOLD: 39,000 USD
DESCRIPTION: LOT 5 PROPERTY OF A NEW ENGLAND COLLECTOR A SALOR WEDDING TRAPPING, CENTRAL TURKESTAN
20,000—30,000 USD MEASUREMENTS approximately 1ft. 9in. by 4ft. 3in. (0.53 by 1.29m.)
DESCRIPTION circa 1800
Condition Note: original kilim end finishes folded under and sewn, oxidized magenta silks, minor slits on upper and lower edges, losses to right side
PROVENANCE Skinner’s, Bolton, Massachusetts, 31 May 1987, lot 92.
CATALOGUE NOTE This is one of four known single gul Salor kejebe trappings. Salor camel trappings with the Kejebe design such as this number around twenty with the majority having two or three of the large emblematic guls, now referred to as Davarza guls. Please see “Auction Price Guide,” Hali, issue 110, p. 153 for a table showing the 12 trappings that had appeared at auction through that date (May 2000), and this lot being no. 5 on the list. Last year, another of the four single-gul pieces was sold at auction for the first time in the sale of The Lesley and Robert Pinner Collection, Rippon Boswell, Wiesbaden, lot 68, having been previously published in Loges, Werner, Turkoman Tribal Rugs, London, 1980, pl. 20. These trappings are believed to have been woven in pairs to adorn each side of the bride’s litter during the wedding procession. Whether or not they were woven for this particular ceremony has yet to be proven, while the fact that they were woven in tandem is shown by the two pairs that have appeared on the market, one duo subsequently published Herrmann, Eberhart, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst, vol. 1, Munich, 1989, pl. 53. Certainly, the meticulous attention to detail, use of silk and bold powerful design imply that these were made for very special occasions, and their generally good condition supports their having been used only at the most important times. The other three single gul trappings include the Pinner piece mentioned above; another sold Rippon Boswell, Wiesbaden, 16 November 1991, lot 107; and one in the Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg, see Tzareva, Elena, Rugs and Carpets from Central Asia, Leningrad, 1984, pl. 10.
RUG NAME: Konya coupled-column prayer rug
AGE: mid 19th century
ESTIMATE: 10,000—15,000 USD
SOLD: 18,000 USD
DESCRIPTION: LOT 51 A KONYA COUPLED-COLUMN PRAYER RUG, CENTRAL ANATOLIA, 10,000—15,000 USD
MEASUREMENTS approximately 5ft. 6in. by 3ft. 9in. (1.68 by 1.14m.)
DESCRIPTION mid-19th century
Condition Note: original upper kilim end finish, oxidized browns, partially rewoven side and lower end guard borders, minor scattered repiling, CATALOGUE NOTE The vivid colors and stylized drawing in this rug are characteristics of true village weavings from the small towns of Central Anatolia. For related examples, please refer to Butterweck, G., et al., Antike Anatolische Teppiche, Vienna, 1983, pl. 44; Sotheby’s New York, 8 December 1990, lot 141; Balpinar, B. and Hirsch, U., Carpets of the Vakiflar Museum Istanbul, Wesel, 1988, fig. 70.2; and for some with a similar mihrab composition, however, with a different border design see another rug in the Vakiflar, ibid, pl. 70; and Sotheby’s New York, 22 September 1993, lot 86.