Illuminating antique rugs, runners and carpets at Gray’s, Dec. 16
The highlight of the 109-lot auction, at Lot 40, is a rare and important silver and silver-gilt thread embroidered calligraphic panel that measures 48 by 66 inches. This incredibly ornate panel depicts the Tomb of Mohammed and is surrounded by calligraphic inscriptions. The outer panels are of tightly woven silver thread, and the rug is edged with silver woven lace borders.
Another beautifully inscribed and embroidered lot is Lot 41, an antique Egyptian/Syrian embroidered quilt or coverlet that measures 10’x 5’6” and is delicately stitched with a symbolic family inscription that reads, “Take another look, you’ll find a beautiful work, and its explanation is a long discussion.”
Other notable lots include Lot 57, an extremely long and colorful antique Caucasian wool runner that runs to a length of 32.5ft and a width of 2.5ft. There is one antique American hook rug of note in the auction at lot 9, with a very pretty floral and leaf motif. Lot 108 is an unusual circa-1920 Scandinavian Rya wool rug with a bright, geometric design.
An antique pictoral Persian Seneh wool rug, circa 1900, with a rich midnight blue ground, is featured at Lot 39, while Lot 73 is a striking 11’10” by 8’2″ antique Persian Heriz wool rug.
For additional information on any lot in the sale, call 215-458-7695. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet through www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE