NEW YORK – Nearly 200 antique and vintage handmade rugs, mostly Persian, will be offered in an online auction by Jasper52 on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Woven for decades in village workshops, these rugs provide both utilitarian and artistic value, accentuating any home with their rich tradition. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
A Tabriz hunting scene rug (above), one of the larger rugs in the sale, was woven in the mid-1960s. Made in and around the city of Tabriz in northwest Persia, Tabriz rugs were usually woven on cotton bases and have wool pile.
Bakhtiari rugs are made in the villages south of Ispahan by the Bakhtiari tribe. A fine room-size Bakhtiari rug (below) offered in the auction dates to the early 1920s.
Another antique in the sale is a large Turkish Oushak rug (below), which measures 17 ½ feet by 18 ½ feet. Oushak rugs originated in the town of Oushak in west-central Anatolia, south of Istanbul, Turkey. Oushak carpets had been greatly influenced by Persian designs.
Bijar is a market center in Northwestern Iran, about 150 miles south of Tabriz. The city was the center of a major weaving area. Bijar carpets are renowned for their superb artistry, craftsmanship and excellent material. An authentic Bijar rug crafted in the 1960s is offered in the Jasper52 auction.
Venturing beyond the rug-making centers of the Middle East, the auction offers a vintage Chinese rug tapestry made of silk.
Also, a 12-by-18-foot wool rug offered in the auction was handmade in India, circa 1970.
The Jasper52 rug auction will be conducted Tuesday, Aug. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.