NEW YORK – Jasper52 will conduct an online auction of 180 premium antique and vintage rugs Wednesday, June 26, beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern time. Sizes of these hand-knotted fine textiles range from prayer rugs to palace size. Estimates range from $1,000 to more than $10,000. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
One of the most unusual and visually striking offerings is a Caucasian Kazak rug that features a recumbent stag as the central element (above). Woven of wool on a wool foundation, this highly detailed rug measures 4 feet 7 inches by 7 feet. Always used as a wall hanging, it is in excellent condition. Made prior to 1920, the rug carries an estimate of $11,000-$13,000.
Wild animals are also featured on a 19th century pictorial paradise rug from the Hadji Jali factory in Tabriz, Iran. The rug (below) measures 4 feet 6 inches by 6 feet and is expected to sell for $9,000-$11,000.
An oversized Maharaja Kashmir rug exhibiting a willow tree design dates to 1900. The half-inch wool pile is primarily blue with secondary shades of pink, brown, green, purple and beige (est. $14,000-$17,000).
A 12-foot-long Tabriz runner has a $1,500-$2,000 estimate.
From Azerbaijan is a Karabagh rug dated 1913. This 10½-by-5-foot rug has a unique design and a $2,500-$3,000 estimate.
A room-size Chinese Art Deco dragon rug from the 1920s is in excellent condition and should sell for $9,0009-$11,000.
These premium antique and vintage rugs reveal the histories of many cultures in a refreshing way. 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. Yet the hand-knotted or needle-pointed wool insists on humble origins. These carpets carry as much utilitarian as artistic value, accentuating any home with their rich tradition.