SOLD — Moroccan Bold Orange – Red Rug — 8 ft. 5 in. by 5 ft. 6 in. — $395

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A Moroccan handmade rug with a floral central medallion and border — on a vivid rusty red field. Wool woven onto cotton warp. Handmade rugs from Morocco are less common than their Persian and Turkish counterparts.

Vintage rug in excellent condition with little signs of wear to the thick wool pile. The cotton fringe is very long on each end and appears free of wear, frazzling, or gaps. It’s a vintage piece but appears to have been used very, very lightly. 1960s – 1970s.

If you include the fringe, the rug is 8 ft. 5 in. by 5 ft. 6 in. Without the fringe just under 8 feet in length.

Moroccan rugs are quite popular with contemporary designers and because of their limited availability, 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. There is an export label underneath that denotes its origin as Morocco and its quality as “superior”. You can see it in the last photo, showing the back of the rug.

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

Price is $395. Shipping is $43.

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(MC0026 O1)

SOLD — Persian Kashan Medallion Rug — 7 ft. by 4 ft 5 in. — $385

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Classic Persian Kashan run with tomato red field, central medallion, and floral corners and borders. A bit of abrash (color variegation due to different wool dye batches), which lends a rug painterly qualities. The abrash is in the red field as shown in photo 2. Definitely woven in Iran — not a Pakistani or Indian copy.

Excellent overall condition for a vintage rug. Minor repair on the side cord, which is not even visible. Wool on cotton warp. 1960s. The last photo shows the back of the rug and you can see that it is a very dense and finely knotted carpet. Exact size is 6 ft. 11 in. by 4 ft. 5 in.

Extremely solid and you could place it in a high foot traffic area if need be.

 

Price is $385. Shipping is $35 within U.S. continent.

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SOLD — Nepal Handmade Rug — The Wave — 10 ft. 9 in. by 7 ft. 2 in. — $595

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Striking pictorial Nepalese handmade rug in truly excellent condition. Wool pile — most likely high elevation yak wool — woven onto cotton warp & structure.

The rug is clearly inspired by the work of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) — in particular his most famous woodblock print, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, created some time in the 1830s. Hokusai was focused on multiple depictions of Mt. Fuji, which the rug faithfully reproduces in the background, majestically overlooking the wave as it assails the small boats and the desperate fishermen.

The rug is thick and heavy, and could be placed in a high foot traffic area. 1970s.

The price is $595. Shipping is $57 within mainland U.S.

 

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SOLD — Geometric Khamseh Hamadan Runner — 10 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 7 in. — $489

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Striking geometric tribal runner from the Khamseh area, northern Hamadan region. Gorgeous colors, and the blues and salmon in particular appear to be natural dyes. Very minor wear. The wool pile is fairly thick. The warp is natural cotton.

Very good overall condition. The rug has been professionally WASHED and is ready for the floor. 1950s — 1960s. Size is 10 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 7 in.

To add a little confusion, there is also a Khamseh confederation in the Fars District of southwest Iran. The confederation consists of five tribes (khamseh means ‘five’ in Arabic) and was formed as a counterbalance to the Qashqai. (Although Farsi is the official language of Iran, many other languages are spoken including Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian, Luri, and Arabic.)

Many rugs in the northern Hamadan area are woven by Kurdish weavers, and this is possibly true for this bold village rug.

The price is $489. Shipping is $39.

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(H0053 O30)

SOLD — Persian Shahsavan Geometric Rug — 10 ft. 6 in. by 6 ft. 7 in. — $775

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Most of the Shahsavan tribe lives in northwest Iran near the city of Ardabil and Dashteh Moghan. However, dispersed groups of Shahsavan also live in central Iran near Saveh, Karmsar, and Varamin. In Farsi, Shahsavan means “those who love the Shah”. This was a 17th century title bestowed on warriors from these tribes for their loyalty and diligence in defending the northern borders of Persia.

As well as beautiful geometric carpets, the Shahsavan weavers produce many functional pieces such as saddle bags, mafrash bags, and animal covers. These textiles are often woven in the kilim and soumak style.

This stunning Shahsavan geometric carpet was probably woven near Saveh, which is about 80 kilometers south of Tehran. The color palette and design elements share much in common with Shahsavan rugs from the more northern regions around Ardabil.

Wool pile woven onto cotton warp. Some very minor wear. Soft and harmonious colors including salmon, ivory, blue and green. A large and impressive room size tribal textile. Exact size is 10 ft. 6 in. by 6 ft. 7 in.

Price is $775. Shipping is $55 or free pickup is an option in this area.

 

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(SA0001 O9)

SOLD — Persian Geometric Village Rug — 12 ft. 7 in. by 5 ft. 3 in. — $695

 

 

Vivid geometric tribal rug with red, blue, green, ivory, orange and black in a dazzling array around triple medallions. Expansive size at 12 ft. 7 in. by 5 ft. 3 in. — and 100 % natural wool. North Persian Kurdish or possibly Azerbaijan. Side cord is more like a Heriz or Sarab but the rug is all wool, and generally weavers use cotton for the warp in those areas. 1960s.

Some light wear and color abrash (variegation in color due to different dye batches). Faint fugitive dye in parts of the fringe. Fairly heavy rug but a softer weave so might not be perfect for a high foot traffic area. A simple mesh pad would help to hold it in place on slippery wood or tile floors. Fantastic village rug — out of my personal collection. Mind altering art for your floor!

Price is $695.     Shipping is $49 with free pickup an option.

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SOLD — 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)

SOLD — 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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SOLD — 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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SOLD — 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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SOLD — 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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(G0036 O94)

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)