Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets On Offer at Skinner

Silk Pile and Metal Thread Chinese 'Imperial' Carpet, late 19th century (Lot 87, Estimate $20,000-$25,000)

Silk Pile and Metal Thread Chinese ‘Imperial’ Carpet, late 19th century (Lot 87, Estimate $20,000-$25,000)

Chinese Imperial Carpets Highlights March 13 Auction

BOSTON, MA – February 29, 2016 Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its auction of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets on Sunday, March 13 at 12PM. With over 300 lots on offer, the sale features a number of early, striking collector’s pieces, as well as a broad range of 19th century furnishing rugs and carpets, many of which were consigned from estates or private collections.

Chinese Rugs

Among several early Chinese rugs and rug fragments in the sale, one of the most significant is a 16th century Ming Imperial Carpet Fragment (Lot 84, estimated between $8,000 and $10,000).  An illustration of a similar carpet was featured in HALI  (Issue 173, page 85, “Forgotten Carpets of the Forbidden City”), and a fragment from the same carpet is illustrated in “Glanz der Himmelssoehne, Kaiserliche Teppiche aus China 1400 – 1750,” the groundbreaking catalog by Michael Frances and Hans Koenig (Plate 6, page 66).

We also are pleased to present a magnificent Beijing “Nine Dragon” Silk Pile and Metal Thread Imperial Carpet from the late 19th century, with an inscription reading “Baohedian” (“Hall of Preserving Harmony”) (Lot 87, $20,000-$25,000).

Kashmir Moon Shawl, 18th century (Lot 78, Estimate $4,000-$5,000)

Kashmir Moon Shawl, 18th century (Lot 78, Estimate $4,000-$5,000)

Kashmir Shawls

Also on offer is the second installment of an important private collection of Kashmir Shawls. In addition to a fine selection of 19th century Rumal Shawls, this section of the sale features a late 18th century Kashmir Moon Shawl (Lot 78, $4,000-$5,000) and a striking Striped Shawl, c. 1800 (Lot 74, $2,000-$2,500).

Anatolian Kilims

Included in the sale are a number of early Anatolian kilims that combine amazing color with powerful design. Among the highlights are a Central Anatolian multi-niche Konya Kilim from the 18th century (Lot 144, $4,000-$5,000)  and a modest, but charming, example of Turkish village weaving at its best – a mid-19th century Mudjar Yastik with an unusual tree-of-life design (Lot 3, $300-$500).

Persian “Workshop” Weavings

The sale is particularly strong in Persian “workshop” rugs and carpets of sophisticated artistry and exceptional technical finesse. Included in this category are a number of very good condition 19th century Kashans, Lavar Kermans, Fereghan Sarouks, and Serapis, among the finest of which is a Serapi Carpet, c. 1890 (Lot 107, $6,000-$8,000).  Examples of silk rugs range from a Silk Warp Isphahan Carpet, c. 1920 (Lot 67, $5,000-$6,000) to a Late 20th century Silk Persian Carpet of extremely fine weave (Lot 19, $1,200-$1,500), one of several fine all-silk rugs and carpets from a Florida estate.

Kazak Rug, South Caucasus, c. 1870 (Lot 101, Estimate $4,000-$5,000)

Kazak Rug, South Caucasus, c. 1870 (Lot 101, Estimate $4,000-$5,000)

Tribal Rugs and Weavings

Within a broad selection of Caucasian, Turkish, and Persian tribal textiles, the highlights include a lovely Bordjalou Kazak rug, c. 1870 (Lot 101 $4,000-$5,000) and a Complete Yomud Tent Band dating from the mid-19th century (Lot 40, $3,000-$4,000).

Evening Lecture by Lawrence  M. Kearney

Please join Skinner on Friday, March 11 at 6:30PM for a lecture by Lawrence M. Kearney, Skinner’s Director, Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets, titled “The Story of Rugs is the Story of Civilization.” The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served, but space is limited. Please RSVP to 508-970-3240 or

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews for the auction are free and open to the public. Previews will be held in Boston on Friday, March 11 from noon to 7PM; on Saturday, March 12 from noon to 5PM; and on Sunday, March 13 from 9AM to 11:30AM. Illustrated catalog 2884B is available from the Subscriptions Department at 508-970-3240 or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online at during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in New York City and Miami, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.



Emerson Tuttle
Vice President, Marketing

2 thoughts on “Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets On Offer at Skinner

  1. I have a rug which I believe to be valuable & would like a San Francisco appraiser to look at it – SF is where the rug lives. It’s a 16 x 10 ft. Chinese (perhaps silk) carpet passed on to me by my grandfather who knew, loved, and collected a wide range of Chinese objects of art. I can send a few pix if you’d like. I’d need an RSVP w/ specifics about date/time/cost of evaluation before I go to SF to meet with the appraiser. Please RSVP soon. Many thanks, Madeleine

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