SOLD — Antique ‘Art Deco’ Chinese Nichols Rug with Butterflies — 11 ft. 5 in. by 9 ft. 5 in. $895

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Elegant 1920s — 1930s antique ‘Art Deco’ Chinese Rug with some wear across the wool pile. Side cords have wear and a few small repairs, which is perfectly normal for an antique rug.  The fringes are short with minor end wear–especially at the corners.

The rug was professionally ‘end-stopped’ (a button stitch is sewn by hand along the ends) some time ago, and this has protected the weft threads from any kind of unraveling.

I was told the rug was washed and it seems clean with no odors or soiling. The primary colors are silver gray, a light taupe, and indigo blue in the border. There are highlights of violet and daubs of magenta in the foliage. A few butterflies wing their way across the open field (one shown in closeup).

Despite the age and scattered wear, this is a rugged, well-made rug that can handle high foot traffic. Nichols’ carpets and their kin are well known for their resilience.

This is a perfect rug for someone comfortable with an antique that shows use, but has aged gracefully.

Walter Nichols is the best known manufacturer of these Chinese rugs, but other companies were weaving very similar high quality rugs for the American home in the 1920s and 1930s. They are highly collectible today and noted for their ironclad durability. (One jaundiced rug ‘expert’ lamented that they are difficult to eradicate because they are virtually indestructible.)

“The Nichols name has come to be used almost synonymously with the ‘Chinese deco’ rugs manufactured in Tientsin in the 1920s and 1930s. Nichols did not originate the Chinese deco style, but he did a great deal to popularize it and to maintain its high standards of manufacture.”

Of course, after the expanded Japanese invasion of China in 1937, the enlargement of the Second World War, and then the Communist Revolution in mainland China in 1949, the era of the Nichol’s rugs ended. However, they continued to exert an influence on rug production in the People’s Republic of China.

Very dense, solid weave. Heavy. Wool on cotton. Superb dyes that do not ‘bleed’. Large room size at 11 ft. 5 in. by 9 ft. 5 in.

The price will be $895. Shipping is $70. Free pickup is an option, too.

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(C0015      O236)

SOLD — Signed Persian Sabzevar Rug — 11 ft. 5 in. by 8 ft. 3 in. — $829

 

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Persian handmade traditional carpet from Sabzevar, Iran. Sabzevar is in the Khorasan (also Khurasan) region of Persia, located in the northeast. The name means ‘rising sun’. The carpets are similar to those from Mashad, which is about 220 kilometers to the east.

The condition is good with some pile wear on a few areas around the center (the most noteworthy area is shown in photo 3, in some of the red). The wear is minor and merely cosmetic, and there are no holes or weak spots. Rug remains very rugged and ready to use, including in a high foot traffic area of the living room or under the dining room table.

This rug is out of a European estate, and has been professionally washed. The fringe and the entire rug has really brightened up with the wash, and the rug needs absolutely nothing to roll out on the floor. With only minor wear this lovely floral Sabzevar had many decades of life left in it.

Sabzevar weavers like to work in plush reds and purples, and this rug is very representative of their finest art.

This is the kind of motif — a large medallion, elegant corner vases, an arabesque of swirling and twisting plumes and flowers — that most people have in mind when they think of a Persian carpet. Signed by the master weaver on one end, shown in penultimate photo. Last photo, with coin, is the back of the rug. 1950s.

Exact size is 11 ft. 5 in by 8 ft. 3 in. The price of the rug is $829.

 

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Shipping costs are $69. Local pickup is an option, too. Thank you.

 

 

 

(SZ0003    O255)

SOLD — Persian Rudbar Bird Runner — 13 ft. by 3 ft. 5 in — $749

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This is one of a small group of dazzling Persian bird motif runners from northwest Iran. They were woven in villages in the Rudbar district (also Roodbar), and feature blues, both dark and light, as the primary field color with birds and tree of life designs.

Expertly crafted with fine wool on cotton warp. Reds, turquoise, orange as accent colors. Excellent overall condition with almost no signs of wear. Small hardly noticeable repair on the side cord. 1970s.

This runner features a good deal of abrash (variegation in dye batch) in the darker colors and blues to render a painterly effect to the carpet.

Out of my personal collection. There are four of them in total and once they are gone, they are gone. It took me quite a while to assemble this group and I never see them these days. They are really wonderful tribal works of art from the mountains of northern Iran.

Rudbar means ‘by the river’ in Farsi. The Sepid river runs through the city of Rudbar.

Great opportunity for someone to pick up a couple of matched runners with a bird motif and fabulous tribal colors.

Price is $749. Shipping within continental U.S. is $45 (heavy rug). Local pickup is an option.

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(R00013     N25)

SOLD — Persian Rudbar Bird Runner — 13 ft. by 3 ft. 8 in. $695

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This is one of a small group of dazzling Persian bird motif runners from northwest Iran. They were woven in villages in the Rudbar district (also Roodbar), and feature blues, both dark and light, as the primary field color with birds and tree of life designs.

Expertly crafted with fine wool on cotton warp. Reds, turquoise, orange as accent colors. Excellent overall condition with almost no signs of wear. Small hardly noticeable repair on the side cord. 1970s.

This runner features a good deal of abrash (variegation in dye batch) in the darker colors and blues to render a painterly effect to the carpet.

Out of my personal collection. There are four of them in total and once they are gone, they are gone. It took me quite a while to assemble this group and I never see them these days. They are really wonderful tribal works of art from the mountains of northern Iran.

Rudbar means ‘by the river’ in Farsi. The Sepid river runs through the city of Rudbar.

Great opportunity for someone to pick up a couple of matched runners with a bird motif and fabulous tribal colors.

Price is $695. $45 shipping (heavy) with local pickup an option.

Please email me with questions or to arrange a purchase. Thank you.

(R00011     i15)

SOLD — Moroccan Rug with Camels and Large Medallion — 8 ft. 6 in. by 5 ft. 4 in. –$475

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Eye-catching old Berber rug from Morocco with a large hooked diamond medallion, and four camels (or brontosaurus perhaps). Wonderful motif, very unusual, with loads of detail and character. The red field was hard to capture in the photos. Not crimson. Other colors include olive, ivory, and orange.

Woven from 100% wool. Pile condition is good with some normal wear. No holes or real problems. A little diffusion of the yellow gold (saffron?) in the border. These Moroccan tribal pieces often use saffron to create a distinctive color not seen in Turkish and Persian rugs.

Original ends and side cords — which are in good condition. Vintage tribal Moroccan rugs are less common and highly sought after by collectors, dealers, and designers.

This rug has a soft woolen weave suitable for tribal nomads. The rug can be easily unrolled for a celebration, a meal, or to serve as the floor of a tent. In preparation for a move, the rug can be quickly folded and packed away.

This rug is perhaps not a suitable choice for a high traffic area of a home. It would work well in a bedroom or office. Add pillows and this rug could serve as a nomadic enclave for visitors to sit on the floor and share a meal.

Exact is size is 8 ft. 6 in. by 5 ft. 4 in. 1960s. Traditional Berber diamonds and vivid bold colors. Most likely woven in the Atlas Mountains.

Price is $475. Shipping is $39.

 

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(MC0033 O30)

SOLD — Persian Armenian Lilihan Rug — 12 ft. 5 in. by 2 ft. 10 in. — $459

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Amazing old Persian village carpet with traditional Lilihan floral motif. Typically these are woven in the Hamadan region by Armenian tribal weavers. 1960s. Outstanding colors including the primary field of salmon — with accents of green, blue, indigo, red, olive, brown, gray and ivory.

Very minor fringe wear. Rug is very solid and finely woven, and can be used in a high foot traffic area without concern. Difficult to find well crafted narrow runners — especially of such exquisite beauty. Minor abrash (color variegation in the dyes) with one end maybe slightly lighter than the other.

Last photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the back of the rug.

Natural wool on natural cotton. Exact size is 12 ft. 5 in. by 2 ft. 10 in. Perfect for a narrow hallway or corridor with lots of light to show off its beauty.

Persian Armenians are the largest Christian minority in Iran, and many estimates put their numbers at 150,000 to 300,000. Although Lilihan rugs are commonly associated with Persian Armenian weavers, there is obviously nothing distinctive between Muslim and Christian carpets unless they contain religious symbols such as mihrabs, mosques, churches, crosses, or quotes from the Koran, etc.

Many of the Lilihan rugs have an ‘art deco’ look to them and are similar to Sarouk and Mahal rugs– especially from the 1920s and 1930s.

Price is $459. Shipping is $43 within U.S. Free local pickup can also be arranged.

 

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(Li0015 O35)

SOLD — Bakhtiar ‘Space Alien’ Tribal Rug — 9 ft. 1 in. by 4 ft. 6 in. — $599

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Awesome geometric hooked medallion rug with strange humanoid figures. Based on dyes and weave, this is a Persian village Bakhtiari or possibly Luri rug. The motif is not a common one for the Bakhtiari as they tend to weave Heriz style medallion or floral garden type rugs for the most part. This would be a more common design around Shiraz and the Qashqai weavers of the Zagros Mountains.

If Swiss author Erich von Daniken had come across these mysterious humanoids on a rug (second photo), he might have claimed them as evidence of alien visitations to the Middle East in his book Chariots of the Gods. All kidding aside, they are odd little figures but very traditional. The same figures appear occasionally on hundred year old Malayer and Hamadan rugs. (Even more proof they must be aliens–they only have 2 or 3 fingers on each hand!)

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Condition is generally very good with some minor wear on the pile. No repairs, weak spots, or odors.

Short natural wool pile woven onto cotton warp. 1960s. Rug could be used in a high foot traffic area of your home or office. Out of my personal collection. Size is 9 ft. 1 in. by 4 ft. 6 in.

Mind boggling cosmic space alien art for your floor!

Price is $599. Shipping is $43. Or free local pickup.

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(BA0036 N1)

SOLD — Kurdish Tribal Bidjar Rug from Iran — 8 ft. 5 in. by 4 ft.

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Very heavy handmade runner from northern Iran. Dazzling colors across a dark field (nearly black), a central medallion and two wing medallions in navy blue, red lions, botehs (the figures that look like floating amoebas), and wide violet – rose borders.

Stylized tree-of-life motifs. These rugs are believed to symbolize the royal Persian courts of antiquity. Lions, of course, are associated with Persian history and royal leadership.

Very good condition with minor wear. Woven by Kurdish or Azeri village weavers on a home loom. Generally sold as Bijar rugs– which are dense, heavy rugs created by Kurdish weavers in western Iran. 1960s.

The boteh design originated in Kashmir, migrated into Persian rugs several centuries ago, and eventually was copied by the British textile industry to become known as Paisley (after the Scottish town where it was produced in large volumes). The boteh remains an important design element in many Persian rugs.

Exact size is 8 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 10 in. Natural wool woven onto cotton. Quite dense and heavy. Very good choice for high foot traffic area as it will not shift around as some carpets will if walked on vigorously.

Price is $475. Shipping $55 (very heavy rug). Or free local pickup.

 

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(NV0001 i13)

SOLD — Mazlaghan Tribal Runner — 12 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. — $385

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Dazzling large village runner from Hamadan District of Iran. This is a traditional Mazlaghan ‘lightning’ motif — serrated gold lightning enclosing red medallions, black fields, and creating a vibrant geometric design.

The rug has quite a bit of abrash (variation in color due to different wool dye batches) — which creates muted areas as well as bold zones on the rug.

Wool on cotton warp & weft. Excellent overall condition with only minor wear. No holes, stains, or issues. Incredible art for your floor! Ready to use. This rug has a dense weave and can handle foot traffic. 1970s.

Very good size at 12 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. Mazlaghan rugs are a personal favorite, but they are generally on the small side (3 by 5 feet or 4 by 6). Not easy to find a good-sized runner like this one.

Price is $385. Shipping is $43 or free pickup.

 

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(TK0005 i10)

SOLD — Lighting Bolt Village Mazlaghan Rug — 6 ft. 9 in. by 4 ft. 4 in. — $319

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Vibrant old tribal geometric rug from the Mazlaghan village in the Hamadan District of central Iran.The weavers in this locale have been weaving an eye-catching version of this motif going back at least into the 19th century.

This one features rounded icons on a dark blue-black field with a central crimson medallion. Stylized floral border and highlights of orange. 1950s.

Very good vintage condition with a little scattered pile wear. Wool woven onto cotton warp & weft. The rug is well woven and can be placed in an area of high foot traffic. Exact size is 6 ft. 9 in. by 4 ft. 4 in.

This motif impacts like a lightening bolt across a black sky; one of the most visually striking of all the marvelous tribal rug designs in the world.

Price is $319. Shipping is $37 or free pickup.

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(MZ0013 G14)

SOLD — Sarabi Heriz Persian Tribal Runner — 11 ft. 4 in. by 3 ft. 5 in. — $439

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Dazzling geometric village runner from the area around Sarab in Northwest Iran. This borders Azerbaijan and the Shirvan carpet region so there are many shared characteristics.

Wonderful olive greens and assorted blues, and outstanding quality dyes.

Condition is very, very good with minor pile wear. A bit of wear & tear on the cotton fringe of one end. A very solid and well crafted piece of tribal art.

Exact size is 11 ft. 4 in. by 3 ft. 5 in. Out of a German estate. 1960s. Natural wool pile on natural cotton warp.

Price is $439. Shipping is $43 or free pickup.

 

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(SR0006     O66)

SOLD — Moroccan Red Crimson ‘Fractal’ Medallion Rug — $395

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A Moroccan handmade rug with a kaleidoscopic central medallion and intricate border — on a vivid crimson red field. Wool woven onto wool warp, which is more common in Moroccan rugs.

Handmade rugs from Morocco are less common than their Persian and Turkish counterparts. Last photo shows the back and the export tag. The quality is described, in French, as “extra superieure” and the design as “moderne”. The tag is dated 8 Jan 1384; converting from the Hijri calendar to the Gregorian calendar dates it to 1964. So the rug was woven in the early 1960s for export to Europe.

The rug was a little grubby coming out of an estate so I had it professionally washed.

Vintage rug in excellent condition with very little signs of wear to the medium thick wool pile.

If you include the fringe, the rug is 7 ft. 9 in. by 5 ft.

Moroccan rugs are quite popular with contemporary designers, and because of their limited availability, they can be quite pricy.

Moroccan weaving has been influenced by Turkish and to a lesser extent Persian weaving. Many of the rugs from Morocco are made by Berber tribal people weaving in the Atlas Mountains and feature geometric motifs.

This rug, however, is more formal and professional, and was woven for export rather than tribal use.

With its bold cheerful colors this carpet could easily light up the dullest room. Spectacular art for the floor!

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Price is $395. Shipping is $43.

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(MC0029 O18)