Inspired Offerings of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets at Skinner on March 28

Central Anatolian Rug (Lot 104, Estimate $8,000-$10,000)

Central Anatolian Rug (Lot 104, Estimate $8,000-$10,000)

BOSTON, MA – March 24, 2015 Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its auction of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets on Saturday, March 28th, featuring 329 lots that comprise a strong selection of early collectible rugs, Central Asian embroideries, Kashmir shawls, antique decorative carpets and more.

In addition to the auction preview, interested collectors can join Lawrence Kearney, Director of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets, for a gallery walk on March 27th, from 5:30–8:00 P.M.  “Antique Oriental Carpets: Bringing Soul to the Modern Interior” will take place at Skinner’s Boston gallery and showcase the virtues of antique rugs – from their character and color to their patina and reasonable prices.

Decorative Carpets

This auction will feature over 50 antique carpets, most in excellent condition, in a variety of styles and color palettes.

“When it comes to decorative carpets, buyers are often searching for a piece that engages and attracts the eye, but does not overpower a room,” said Lawrence Kearney. “Many rugs in this section are perfect for just this reason, as they possess great character and subtle color, while also blending seamlessly with modern furnishings in contemporary home settings.”

Serapi Carpet, Northwest Persia (Lot 190, Estimate $10,000-$12,000)

Serapi Carpet, Northwest Persia (Lot 190, Estimate $10,000-$12,000)

Carpets of note include a beautiful Serapi carpet from Northwest Persia, which depicts a large, ivory and terra-cotta floral center medallion pattern (Lot 190, Estimate $10,000–$12,000).  Its harmonious palette makes this rug a wonderful accompaniment to a variety of design schemes.

Another exceptional Serapi carpet comes from the collection of Terry Ann Tomlinson, and features a royal blue center medallion with large stylized vines, palmettes, flowerheads, and serrated leaves in various shades (Lot 161, Estimate $18,000–$20,000).

Also available is an antique Karadja carpet (Lot 163, Estimate $8,000–$10,000) from the late 19th century, showcasing a light blue field with an all over terra-cotta and light beige strapwork design, along with stylized vines and blossoms.

Early Collectible Rugs

In addition to decorative carpets, this sale spotlights a strong selection of early collectible rugs. An important highlight is a rare Tekke “Animal-Tree”door rug (Lot 131, Estimate $8,000–$10,000) from West Turkestan. Dating to the mid-19th century, it features a bottom end panel with stylized animals flanking archaic tree-forms.

Pair of Lamaist Pillar Rugs, Ningxia, China (Lot 149, Estimate $3,000-$4,000)

Pair of Lamaist Pillar Rugs, Ningxia, China (Lot 149, Estimate $3,000-$4,000)

Another note-worthy offering is a pair of Chinese Lamaist pillar rugs, each of which depicts a dragon above a “land meets sea” pattern and below a canopy of strung pearls (Lot 149, Estimate  $3,000–$4,000). These pieces were originally purchased in the 1960s from the estate of Commodore Matthew Perry’s granddaughter.

Other rugs of note include some exceptional 18th and early 19th century Anatolian and Caucasian pieces, in addition to a number of excellent 19th century Persian rugs, ranging in style from urban workshop sophistication to tribal funk.

Early Textiles

A broad range of 19th century Central Asian embroideries are on offer, including a striking Shakhrisyabz Suzani, circa 1880, from Uzbekistan (Lot 139, Estimate $7,000–$9,000) with large-scale floral roundels encircled by stylized vines.

The sale also features a number of complete, early 19th century Kashmir long shawls and mounted 18th century shawl fragments, most notably an early Mughal shawl end panel depicting a field of stylized flowers (Lot 167, Estimate $2,200–$2,500).

Other early textiles include a number of 18th century Ottoman Turkish and Greek Island embroideries, as well as a small group of tapestry-woven Swedish dowry pieces.

Previews, Catalog, Event, and Bidding

Previews will be held on Thursday, March 26th, from noon to 5 P.M., Friday, March 27th, from 2 to 8 P.M., and Saturday, March 28th, from 9 to 11:30 A.M.

Illustrated catalog #2795B is available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online, at, both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auctions, 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 Coral Gables, 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.



Lawrence Kearney
Director of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets

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