Fine antique Persian rugs entered in online auction March 28

Persian rugs

Mahajeran Sarouk rug, 13 ft. 11 in. x 10 ft. 5 in, circa 1900, northern Persia, wool on cotton. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – More than three dozen antique rugs and another 25 vintage rugs will be offered in an online auction to be conducted by Jasper52 on Wednesday, March 28. These handmade carpets, many in excellent condition, carry as much utilitarian as artistic value, accentuating any home with their rich tradition. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Several of the highlighted lots date to the turn of the 20th century including a large Mahajeran Sarouk rug (above) made in northern Persia (Iran). Mahajeran Sarouk carpets are renowned for being the most finely woven of antique Sarouk rugs, with a deep rich pile of the finest lamb’s wool. The Mahajeran rug in the Jasper52 auction is in excellent to mint condition and estimated at $12,000-$15,000.

Also dating to the turn of the century 20th century is a Karabagh rug that measures 18 feet 9 inches by 7 feet 2 inches. The wool on cotton rug (below) was woven in the south Caucasus, is in mint condition and should sell for $6,000-$9,000.

Persian rugs

Antique Karabagh rug, 18 ft. 9 in. x 7 ft. 2 in., circa 1900, South Caucasus. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Jasper52 image

Another antique rug in the sale is the nearly square room-size Heriz that has a distinctive geometric design. Made in northwest Persia, this wool on cotton rug is also in excellent condition (est. $9,000-$12,000).

Persian rugs

Antique Heriz rug, 11 ft. 9 in. x 10 ft., circa 1920, northwest Persia, wool on cotton. Estimate: $9,000-$12,000. Jasper52 image

Not all the rugs in the auction are room-size. Among the smaller examples is a Kazvin prayer rug that measures 6 feet 4 inches by 4 feet six inches. Made in northern Persia, circa 1920, it has survived in mint condition. A powerful navy blue color predominates its design (est. $2,500-$3,500).


Persian rugs

Antique Kazvin rug, 6 ft. 4 in. x 4 ft. 6in., circa 1920, wool on cotton, northern Persia. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Jasper52 image

Kerman rugs are among the most prized and well-known of all Persian varieties. They are named after the city and province in which they were made in south-central Iran. A small Kerman rug in the auction was made in 1930 and features a heron in the central medallion (est. $3,000-$5,000).

Persian rugs

Kerman rug 6 ft. 2 in. x 4 ft. x 1in., southeast Persia, circa 1930, wool on cotton. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Jasper52 image

Several rugs in the sale were made outside of the Persian Empire, including a Savonnerie rug woven in Spain at the turn of the 20th century. Savonnerie rugs are the invention of 18th-century French weaver Pierre DuPont, who traveled to the Middle East and copied Turkish rugs that he saw. The Savonneirie rug in the auction measures 11 feet 7 inches by 16 feet 7 inches and is woven wool on jute (est. $4,000-$6,000). Areas of low pile are noted.

Persian rugs

Antique Savonnerie rug, 16 ft. 7 in. x 11 ft. 7 in., Spain, circa 1900, wool on jute. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Jasper52 image

Crafted and woven in village workshops from around the world, these antique and vintage rugs reveal the histories of many cultures. For centuries, collectors and decorators alike have marveled at the variety of their intricate designs. Whether tribal, floral or geometric, each rug pattern retains a sense of elegance and refinement.

The Jasper52 Exceptional Vintage & Antique Rug Auction will be held Wednesday, March 28, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.