NEW YORK – Furnishing a home or apartment from the ground up starts with floor covering, and nothing beats the appearance or feel of Persian rugs. More than 100 antique and semi-antique rugs handmade in village workshops of the Middle East will be sold at a Jasper52 online-only auction on Sunday, Dec. 4, starting at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.com.
For centuries, collectors and decorators alike have marveled at the variety of intricate designs found in Persian rugs. Whether floral or geometric, each rug pattern retains a sense of elegance and refinement.
The Jasper52 auction offers a wide selection of names in the lexicon of Persian rugs, starting with one of the earliest in the sale, a large Sultan Abad rug (above) dating to 1900, which carries an estimate of $25,000-$30,000.
Earlier still is an 1880s Kazak Moghan Caucasian rug (below) measuring 3 feet 8 inches by 7 feet 2 inches, which has a $6,000-$8,000 estimate.
Also dating to the 1880s is a Caucasian Seychour rug (below), 3 feet 5 inches by 5 feet 8 inches, which is valued at $6,000-$7,000.
From the turn of the 20th century is a Karabagh Caucasian Rug, 7 feet 2 inches by 18 feet 9 inches, which is expected to bring $6,000-$8,000.
A 7-by-10-foot Isfahan rug, made by nomad tribes in Iran, boasts an intricate pattern, adorned with curvy linear floral motifs, flowers and vines. This Old World classic is also estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
As in all Jasper52 auctions, bidding starts at $1.