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Artistic Expression Is Ever Present In Antique Oriental Rugs

Silk Heriz Rug

One of the most compelling aspects of antique Oriental Rugs is the sheer range of artistic expression they are capable of:  from the crudest Turkish Tulus — little more than a patterned sheepskin made of knotted wool — to the most refined Persian workshop weaving.  The full range of rug art is represented in the our Fine Oriental Rug & Carpets Auction on Saturday, September 26th in Boston.

Complete Yomud Tent Band, West Turkestan, mid-19th century (Lot 85, Estimate $4,000-5,000)

At one end of the aesthetic continuum are tribal weavings, of which this Turkoman tent-band (Lot 85) is a rare and beautiful example.… Read More

Antique Carpets & Modern Furniture

Harry Bertoia ‘Bird’ chair, Knoll ottoman, and Koch & Lowry chrome swing lamp on 1880 Karaja carpet (Lot 163, Estimate $8,000-$10,000).

“The soul of the apartment is the carpet”, Edgar Allen Poe famously declared in his 1840 essay on interior design, The Philosophy of Furniture. He goes on to say that not only do the colors in the room take their cues from the carpet, but “the forms and scale” as well. He extols the virtues of patterns “with no meaning” (especially, “the Arabesque”), and writes many an unkind word about overcrowded designs and gaudiness of color.… Read More

Great Persian Carpets: the More You Look, the More You See

Antique Fereghan Sarouk Carpet, West Persia, third quarter 19th century (Lot 132, Estimate $20,000-$25,000)

“In order for some one to know a carpet, he has to have stood in the middle of it,” the brilliant English art critic–and rug collector–David Sylvester noted (HALI, issue 42, page 82).

This antique Sarouk carpet, for instance, like most really good late 19th century Persian workshop carpets, commands one’s attention.… Read More