NEW YORK – Four-dozen beautiful oriental rugs, both vintage and new, are offered in a Jasper52 online auction Sunday, July 16. Absentee bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The earliest and most valuable rug in the sale is a colorful Kilim (above), woven by nomads of the Adana Toros Mountains of Turkey in the 19th century. The hand-knotted wool rug is 11 feet long by nearly 5 feet wide and vividly colored using organic vegetable dye.
Also originating in Turkey is a 1940 rug of Anatolian design (below), woven with hand-spun wool colored using organic vegetable dye, which is unusual for a 1940s vintage rug.
From India comes a room-size Mahal wool rug (below) that exhibits centuries-old weaving techniques practiced by expert artisans.
Also from the Indian subcontinent is a large hand-knotted Hamadan wool rug made by skilled weavers inspired by ancient designs.
Two handmade silk rugs from China are highlighted in the auction. The larger is a Tabriz design (below) having 400 knots per square inch.
The slightly smaller Chinese rug is an Esfahan design in royal blue, also boasting 400 knots per square inch.
Crafted in village workshops from the Middle East to India and China, these finely woven rugs reflect the histories of many cultures. For centuries, collectors and decorators alike have marveled at the variety of their intricate designs.
The auction will begin Sunday, July 16, at noon Eastern time.