Vivid and Intricate Vintage Turkish Hereke Rug — 8 ft. 2 in. by 4 ft. 8 in. — $679

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Fabulous old Turkish Hereke rug from an estate. Wonderful condition. It was a bit gray with normal soiling so I had it professionally washed. Came out beautifully with vibrant colors and white fringes. Fringes are in perfect condition — and long fringes often wear down first. The size is 8 ft. 2 in. by 4 ft. 8 in. (that measurement includes fringes).

Extremely intricate and balanced, with precise weaving. 1960s.

Hereke, near Izmit Bay in Turkey, is considered one of the finest rug making centers in the world. (Many would argue it has been the pinnacle of elite rug creation over the last century and a half.) The Emperor Sultan Abdulmecid I established the Hereke Imperial Factory in 1843 to produce carpets and fabrics exclusively for the Ottoman Court. Hereke designs were inspired by the motifs of traditional Turkish carpets as well as the more elaborate curvilinear compositions of Persia and Mameluke Egypt.

During the late 19th and early 20th century, Hereke weavers produced their enchanting masterpieces exclusively for the aristocracy of the Ottoman Empire as well as visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Hereke hand knotted carpets, many made from silk, were presented as gifts to the royal families of Japan, Russia, Germany and England. As Hereke carpets gained acclaim throughout Europe, demand steadily increased . Eventually, toward the end of the 1800s, production increased to a point where Hereke carpets became available in the markets of Istanbul.

The founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923 interrupted Hereke carpet production. The new Turkish leaders, spurning the perceived decadence of the Ottoman aristocracy, considered luxury carpets as frivolous for building a modern nation. The Hereke carpet industry declined from 1923 through the end of the Second World War. The early 1950s, however, became a renaissance for Hereke rug production. Master weavers resumed the craft, and looms were set up in the homes of local villagers who wove carpets on contract. Today Hereke continues creating exquisite handmade wool and silk rugs for discerning collectors worldwide.

Price is $679. Shipping is $42 within continental U.S. Free pickup in the Bay Area or Monterey.

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(HK0001 O80)

Fantastic Qashqai Lion and King Battle Rug — 8 ft. 2 in. by 5 ft. 4 in. — $849 SOLD

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Wonderful condition with no signs of wear. Dramatic royal hand to hand combat between lion and king. Pairs of male and female lions in each corner. The female lions (similar to white domestic cats) appear to be under attack by the male lions– echoing the center struggle. Fantastic abrash (color variegation from different dye batches) in the red field . Various birds and icons float around the center combat like mesmerized spectators.

This is a traditional Qashqai motif but rarely seen as they are the least common of the lion rugs. In regards to condition, artistic detail, and size –this is by far the best one that I’ve ever come across. (Out of my personal collection.)

This rug displays one of the most dramatic pictorial rug designs that you will encounter. Woven by the Qashqai in southwest Iran. 1970s. 100% wool. Impressive size at 8 ft, 2 in. by 5 ft. 4 in. Most of the Qashqai tribal rugs woven with this design are considerably smaller.

Price is $849.  Shipping will be $38 in continental U.S. Free pickup is an option.

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(Q0098 O200)

Vintage Nepal – Tibet Buddhist Dragon Rug — 8 ft. 10 in. by 5 ft. 10 in. — $450

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Fantastic old vintage Nepalese or Tibetan dragon rug with Buddhist iconography. The dragons are composed in a quartet arrangement near the center, and are modest in size and quite stylized. Closeup in third photo.

Scattered minor wear mainly on the ends (fourth photo). The rug has been professionally WASHED and is ready to use.

Fabulous art for your floor. Ivory with browns and blues, and accent colors. Lovely and muted natural dyes. One corner has small nick and tiny stitch repair. (second photo) Last two photos with Morgan silver dollar show the back of the rug.

No holes or weak spots; the rug is well woven and solid despite the minor wear. Natural wool on cotton warp. Exact size is 8 ft. 10 in. by 5 ft. 10 in., which is an excellent size for most rooms. Out of a European estate. 1950s – 1960s

Dragons in eastern mythology and religion are positive elemental forces — unlike the destructive creatures in Western myths. In ancient China, dragons were depicted as rainmakers. When Buddhism spread through China, it introduced its own vision of the dragon as a protector. The dragon–along with the tiger, snow lion, and garuda–was one of the Four Dignitaries that offered strength, compassion, and safety.

Dragons remain important positive and protective symbols in Tibetan Buddhism.

Price is $450.  Free pickup or shipping within continental U.S. is $43.

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LENIN. Handmade Soviet Era Rug — 5 ft. 2 in. by 4 ft. 6 in. — $425

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Now for something a little different, comrades.

Perfect for your office wall. Let your boss know that too much abuse & criticism may have serious consequences….

Handmade Soviet era LENIN rug. Created by tribal Kirghiz or Kazakh weavers in Kazakhstan. Most likely made in late 1960s to honor the centennial of Lenin’s birth — which was 1970.

Lenin was born as Vladimir Illyich Ulyanov in the city of Simbirsk on the Volga River. As the primary architect of the Bolshevik Revolution, he became the ‘founding father’ of the Soviet Union. He lived from 1870 to 1924, the dates deftly woven into this ebullient memorial rug.

Lenin rugs are rare and collectible, and most are machine made. This is handmade natural wool on natural cotton warp. The caption reads V.I. Lenin. (In Cyrillic Russian.) Very good overall condition with minor wear. Size is 5 ft. 2 in. by 4 ft. 6 in. with fairly thick wool pile.

Bright bold colors–including revolutionary red– with elegant borders. Great opportunity to acquire a fascinating and unique historical rug woven in the Soviet Union. This rug would certainly work on the floor but would also make a superb wall hanging.

Price is $425. Shipping is $42 within continental U.S.

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Heavy Persian Gabbeh Rug — 7 ft. 8 in. by 6 ft. 7 in. — $659

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Bold authentic Persian gabbeh rug woven by tribal Qashqai weavers. 100% natural wool. Thick and heavy! This is not one of the Indian knockoffs that are light and poorly woven but try to mimic traditional Persian pieces and their color palette.

Fairly square at 7 ft. 8 in. by 6 ft. 7 in. Excellent overall condition with little signs of wear. 1970s. This is a rug that could be placed in a high foot traffic area. Galloping Great Danes? No problem. This rug will hold its own. Kelim style ends are tucked and sewn underneath for protection.

Price is $659. Fairly heavy rug — shipping in continental U.S. is $69. Free pickup is an option, too.

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SOLD — HUGE Tiger Kilim — 14 ft. by 7 ft. ! — $779

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A pair of giant tigers pose against an orange sky with small stars, doves, and a crescent moon overhead. An amazing Kazakh or Uzbek folk kelim. These kelims are typically geometric and pictorial pieces are much less common.

Excellent condition with a couple of tiny areas of wear. Very clean. This tiger kilim was suspended on a wall using sewn cloth loops, and appears to have never been used on the floor. Kelims and sumaks were traditionally displayed in yurts and homes in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan for decoration– and often as wall tapestries. 1970s-80s.

This could go on the floor but would be stunning as a wall tapestry. Exact size is 13 ft. 10 in. by 7 feet! It would be fantastic in a large bedroom, den or playroom — or even a more public setting such as a school or library.

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

William Blake

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Price is $779.  Shipping is $48 in the continental U.S.

With arrangement, free pickup is an option in the Bay Area or Monterey, California.

 

(Ki0050 O114)

Old Tribal Moroccan Berber Rug — 10 ft. 8 in. by 5 ft. 5 in. $750

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Stunning old vintage tribal rug from Morocco. Based on colors and motif, this one is probably from the village of Rehamna. 100% natural wool with long tassels from the braided warp on one end (they are usually only on one end). 1940s. (There is an old faded export tag that looks like it can be translated to 1951 in the Gregorian calendar.)

The reds have muted from sunlight and aging on the top side. (see last photo which shows back folded over front) Floating asymmetrical diamonds and geometric icons against the red field. This is heavy and thick but a softer supple weave lacking rigidity– so not ideal for a high traffic area. Similar in respects to the traditional tribal Qashqai gabbeh rugs of Iran.

Professionally washed a couple of years ago and not used since being cleaned.

Sad to let this one go from my collection but have to find homes for some of these fabulous old carpets. Enchanted art for your floor! 10 ft. 8 in. by 5 ft. 5 in. (includes tassels in length).

Price is $750.   Shipping is $43 within the continental U.S.

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(MC0003 O282)

Qashqai Tribal Rug with Quintet of Medallions — 9 ft. by 5 ft. 5 in — $595

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Stunning tribal rug from the Zagros Mountains of southwest Iran. Fantastic geometric design with many intricate details. Traditional Qashqai medallions with tree of life motifs and multiple icons. Ivory, crimson, green, and black are the primary colors.

Four corner medallions surrounding a central ivory medallion on a crimson field. 100% natural wool. 1950s. Out of my personal collection.

Very good condition with only minimal signs of wear. A vibrant and powerful piece of tribal art work! Reasonably heavy and solid for its size so it can handle high foot traffic. Fantastic statement piece– dynamic art for your floor!

The Qashqai are a confederation of 5 distinct tribal groups who banded together in a political alliance in the 19th century. Another confederation — the Khamseh (which means 5 in Arabic) — formed in the 19th century as a counterbalance to the Qashqai. The rugs of these tribes are quite similar in many respects.

The size is 9 ft. by 5 ft. 5 in.

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Price of this rug is $595. Shipping is $43 with an option of free pickup if you’re living close by.

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(Q0057 O49)

1920s Antique Persian Sarouk Rug — 12 ft. by 9 ft. $2,795

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Gorgeous antique 1920s-1930s ‘American’ Sarouk rug from Iran. The rug is in remarkably good condition for its age. Overall, one of the best of this era that I’ve encountered. The ends and side cords are original! These rugs are highly prized by carpet collectors. Exact size is 12 ft. 1 in. by 9 ft. Natural wool pile on cotton warp.

Pile wear is minimal but with some scattered cotton knot heads (white dots). On one end the cotton kilim style ending is in fantastic condition; the other cotton fringe has a little fraying in spots but NO LOSS to the pile on either end of the rug. No repairs that I can find — front or back. Other than modest wear, the rug has amazingly few flaws. The side cord is slightly pushed under near one end. Possibly it was pressed up against a piece of furniture for decades. It is not noticeable and ridiculously minor but there is so little wrong with this rug that I have to think of something.

Although the rug is very clean, this price includes a free hand-washing if desired (turnaround time is about 10 days to 2 weeks for washing). The scattered white knot heads can also be touched up so they disappear upon request. Many rug galleries do these touch ups automatically on antique rugs but this rug has never had it done.

The rug remains amazingly solid and is suitable for a high foot traffic area. But perhaps it deserves a little pampering? The rug is absolutely guaranteed to be an authentic Persian Sarouk from 1920s to 1930s.

Yes, you can return it if you are not totally thrilled but I ask the buyer to handle the shipping cost (roughly $60).

Blue wefts (visible from the back) — one of the hallmarks of authentic antique Sarouk rugs. The rug’s primary color is a variegated deep rich rosy red with additions of blue, olive, and green.

SOLD — Turkoman Ersari Main Rug — 11 ft. by 8 ft. — $1,175

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Fantastic old vintage Turkoman Ersari main rug in excellent overall condition. (Waves in 4th photo are just from folding and will disappear quickly once used on floor.) Displays the fantastic Tauk- Nuska Gul medallions! (First and last photos.) 100% natural wool.

Out of my personal collection but I’ve never had any place to put it! Afghanistan or Turkmenistan origin. These are very hard to find in this condition.

Turkoman rugs are typically woven from 100% pure wool. They are a nomadic rug made by tribes in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and northeastern Iran. These tribes include the Salor, Saryk, Tekke, Youmut, Arabchi, Chodor, and Ersari tribes. These rugs tend to have a background that is red or redish-brown in color, and the motif is usually geometric.

Most Turkoman rugs feature the octagonal gul –either as large medallions or in a repeating array.
Gul is an old Persian word for flower or rose, and also appears in Turkish. Traditionally, distinctive guls indicated individual tribal affiliations.

Price is $1,175.00

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(TU0013 O305

Huge Handmade Tibetan Rug 13 ft. by 10 ft. — $795

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Huge handmade Tibetan rug. Thick wool on cotton. Original retail price tag still attached — $7500.

Exact size is 13 ft. 2 in. by 10 ft. Photo with coin is the back of the rug. The wrinkles are only from the rug being rolled up after washing and will come out easily once the rug is spread out on a floor and walked on.

Very heavy and thick. Rug weighs over a 100 pounds. Neutral colors. Natural wool (sheep – yak) woven onto natural cotton. No wear. This is a rug that can handle heavy foot traffic and last for many decades. No synthetic materials, no outgassing such as happens with manufactured carpeting. Perfect for children and infants.

The rug was in storage for a number of years and needed the dust washed out. It was professionally hand-washed by Artisan Fine Rug Care in Santa Cruz.

The price is $795.

Free local pickup in the Bay Area or Monterey area. I have a storage unit near the Oakland airport where it would be easy to view and pickup the rug.

I can ship it but weighs over a hundred pounds so probably around $125 to ship. I will have to add shipping costs depending on your location if you need it shipped.

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Large ‘Seljuk’ Turkish Rug — 12 ft 7 in. by 8 ft. 6 in. — $779

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Large fantastic Turkish rug woven with 100% natural ‘kork’ wool. Excellent condition with no signs of wear anywhere. Wool retains its high lanolin content; the colors are bold but softer than they appear in the photos. Red field is more of a coral than a crimson. Long fringes are in perfect condition. The size is 12 ft. 7 in. (including the fringe) and 8 ft. 6 in. wide. About 12 ft. in length without the fringe.

Styled after ancient Seljuk carpets. There is also a town near Ephesus named Seljuk. (Also spelled Seljuq and in Turkish Selcuk –with a ch sound.) The Seljuk dynasty was one of the great formative civilizations of Anatolia.

“The Anatolian Seljuks were the founders of the first true Turkish state in Asia Minor. The Seljuks of Anatolia were responsible for one of the richest and most inventive periods in Turkish culture. They ruled over most of Turkey for almost two centuries, between the 11-13th centuries, from their capital in Konya. During that time, their refined, enlightened culture flourished throughout most of Turkey.”

The rug is soft and fairly thick. It came out of a high end rug gallery collection but has been in storage for the last 15 years or so. Fabulous art for the floor!

This rug is on sale for $779. Free pickup is an option in the San Francisco Bay Area — including Oakland and Berkeley — or Monterey. Within the continental U.S., shipping will be $99.

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(Ty0050 O120)