NEW YORK – Jasper52 will present a fresh selection of 178 vintage handmade rugs – primarily Persian – in an online auction on Wednesday, April 3. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
Among the earliest of the antique rugs is a well preserved 130-year-old Bakhtiari kilim rug (above) that measures about 6 feet 5 inches by 4 feet 7 inches. Made in the Fars province in southwest Iran, known for its rich Persian culture and history, this colorful all-wool rug comes with a certificate of authenticity. It has a $2,000-$3,000 estimate and will be shipped out of the UK.
More than 30 runners are offered in the auction including a traditional Persian Bidjar rug (below) that is nearly 11 feet long by 3 feet 7 inches and has half-inch pile. This runner was hand-knotted around the turn of the 20th century (est. $3,000-$3,500).
Assigned the highest estimate in the sale is a room-size antique Persian Serapi rug that is valued at $10,000-$12,000. This one-of-a-kind rug shows even overall wear and pile height of a quarter of an inch.
Another unique rug is a room-size Persian Bakhtiari with an all-over repetitive pattern on a navy ground (est. $8,000-$10,000).
A smaller Tibetan dragon rug made in the 1950s is a rare collector’s item (est. $1,000-$1,200).
Fans of mid-century modern should note the Scandinavian Rya rug in bold blue shades. Made in Sweden, this small rug is in good condition and made of soft wool (est. $1,500-$2,000).
These 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.