Skinner to Auction Fine Oriental Rugs, Carpets, and Textiles on September 28

BOSTON, MA – September 11, 2014 Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 12PM in Boston, featuring over 300 lots of antique rugs, carpets, and textiles from the Caucuses, Persia, Anatolia, India, Central Asia, and China.

Notable lots include an early Shakhrisabz Suzani in excellent condition, a collection of early shawls, a “Star” Kazak, a first-rate group of 19th century furnishing carpets, and an early Chinese rug. Lawrence Kearney, Director of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets, said, “From room-sized rugs to accent carpets, the auction includes stylish finds in great condition. You can get art for your floor and furnish your home at a reasonable price point.”

Rare & Early Textiles

Shakhrisabz Suzani, Uzbekistan, early 19th century (Lot 183, Estimate $8,000-$10,000)

Shakhrisabz Suzani, Uzbekistan, early 19th century (Lot 183, Estimate $8,000-$10,000)

The early Shakhrisabz Suzani (Lot 183, estimated between $8,000 and $10,000) will command attention at the auction preview with its tremendous graphic appeal and extraordinary color. The original collector frequently traveled around the world, and bought this embroidery on one of her trips in 1912. Her family has kept it in storage – out of sunlight or regular use – during the hundred years since its original purchase, meaning that the piece has remained in excellent condition.

The auction also features a number of other important textiles, including a group of striking, early Kashmir shawls from North India. Most Kashmir shawls on the market were made in 1860 or later, but these examples come from the 18th and early 19th century. Two “Moon” shawls highlight the collection (Lots 118 and 124, each estimated between $3,000 and $4,000). Several important Mughal period panels will also be offered, including an end panel from the early 18th century (Lot 119, $2,000 to $3,000).

Oriental Rugs & Carpets

'Star' Kazak Rug, Southwest Caucasus, third quarter 19th century (Lot 141, Estimate $30,000-$35,000)

‘Star’ Kazak Rug, Southwest Caucasus, third quarter 19th century (Lot 141, Estimate $30,000-$35,000)

A “Star” Kazak rug (Lot 141, $30,000 to $35,000) in very good condition is a wonderful example of this rare and sought-after type of Caucasian rug. A group of decorative, 19th century Persian carpets in excellent condition will also be offered, including an antique Fereghan Sarouk with an ivory field (Lot 132, $20,000 to $25,000), a Serapi (Lot 115, $10,000 to $12,000) and a Haji-Jalili Tabriz (Lot 134, $6,000 to $8,000). Early rugs from Turkey include a “couple-column” prayer rug (Lot 81, $5,000 to $6,000) and a number of Anatolian kilims.

Many highlights of the auction come fresh to the market from estates, private collections, or museums, including a very early Chinese rug (Lot 149, $1,200 to $1,500) from the Smith College Museum of Art. Shahsavan and Veramin bags from a Virginia collection will also be offered. Built over three decades, the collection includes a pair of bags that were published in Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia and Transcaucasia by John T. Wertime and Richard E. Wright (Lot 112, $1,200 to $1,500).

Previews, Catalog, Event, and Bidding

Chinese Rug, Beijing, 18th century (Lot 149, Estimate $1,200-$1,500)

Chinese Rug, Beijing, 18th century (Lot 149, Estimate $1,200-$1,500)

Previews will be held on Friday, September 26th, from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, September 27th, from noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday, September 28th, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please join Skinner for a reception and Gallery Walk to view highlights from the auction on Friday, September 26th at 5:30PM. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to 508-970-3240 or

Illustrated catalogs are 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, 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, and in Coral Gables, Florida, with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.



Lawrence Kearney
Director of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets

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