Ralph and Linda Kaffel rug collection really tied the saleroom together at Grogan

Late 18th-century Azerbaijan rug, which sold for $70,000 ($93,100 with buyer’s premium) at Grogan.

BOSTON — For more than 40 years, Ralph and Linda Kaffel worked tirelessly to create one of the finest rug collections ever known, impeccable in quality and historical import, and fully documented with pages of notes for each, all hand-written by Ralph. With his passing in 2023, the collection was consigned to Grogan & Co., and 241 lots made their way back to the market on January 21. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

Thanks to Ralph’s meticulous documentation, bidders had access to each rug’s full known history, both in terms of origin as well as provenance. The sale’s top lot was an 18th-century Azerbaijan rug formerly of the Joseph Ritman collection. Measuring 5ft 10in by 4ft 9 in, the rug belongs to a group of carpets from eastern Anatolia, western Caucasia, and northern Persia, with a dominant medallion and pendant palmettes. Estimated at $30,000-$50,000, it hammered for $70,000 and sold for $93,100 with buyer’s premium.

A Central Asian salor trapping woven some time before 1800 followed closely, hammering for $65,000 ($86,450 with buyer’s premium). As noted in the catalog, “Small Salor decorative hangings with kejebe motifs and only one central medallion are much rarer than the large examples with two or three medallions.”

It was common to create woven tent-door surrounds for nomadic lifestyles. Called kapunuks, they come in a variety of sizes. This Central Asian tekke kapunuk dates to pre-1800 and is slightly smaller than other documented examples. Estimated at $15,000-$25,000, it hammered for $52,500 ($69,825 with buyer’s premium).

Aksaray is a central Anatolian town that was was a center for pile carpet-making during the Seljuk period. This pre-1800 rug features a dotted white ground thought to depict animal skin, while the geometric shapes are believed to represent splayed animal pelts. It sold for $47,500 ($63,175 with buyer’s premium), well ahead of its $10,000-$20,000 presale estimate.

Luxuriate in The Finest Weaves luxury rugs at Jasper52’s Dec. 12 sale

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NEW YORK — Step into a world of fine threads and intricate designs, where every rug is a testament to the skillful hands and creative vision of master weavers. The Finest Weaves at Jasper52, taking place Tuesday, December 12, offers premium rugs that embody the perfect fusion of tradition and innovation, blending age-old techniques with contemporary aesthetics. View the complete catalog now exclusively at LiveAuctioneers.

Imagine this pre-1900 vegetable-dye Sultanabad Ziegler large Persian rug in the home or office. Measuring 17ft by 10ft 9in and made in Persia (modern-day Iran), the rug is 100% wool and is hand-knotted. In very good, evenly low pile condition, the lot is estimated at $38,000-$46,000.

Antique Kashan rugs are considered some of the finest Persian rugs ever created. This 100% wool Kashan Mohtasham Persian dates to the 19th century and measures 6ft 10in by 4ft 9in. It carries an estimate of $33,000-$40,000.

Dated to 1910, this Bijar tomato-red square rug measures 12ft 5in by 13ft 9in and was knotted during the course of months using the Kurdish weaving technique that makes Bijars last for more than 200 years while also holding up to regular use. Known as the “iron rugs of Persia,” this Bijar would make a wonderful and lasting impact on any room. It is estimated at $24,000-$29,000.
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Sultanabad Ziegler Persian rug, estimated at $38,000-$46,000 at Jasper52.
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Kashan Mohtasham Persian rug, estimated at $33,000-$40,000 at Jasper52.
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Bijar tomato-red square rug, estimated at $24,000-$29,000 at Jasper52.
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Premium rugs featured in Finest Weaves auction, Aug. 22

Ivory antique Persian Sultanabad rug, 12 by 21ft, estimated at $104,000-$125,000 at Jasper52.

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NEW YORK — The eternal lure of Persian rugs continues with Jasper52‘s The Finest Weaves sale beginning at 6 pm Eastern time on Tuesday, August 22, exclusively online with LiveAuctioneers.

The sale features a curated collection of rugs from a wide variety of categories and locations, but the star lots all hail from Persia, aka Iran, and many date to the 19th century. The hand-woven construction and brilliant designs and colors make Persian rugs not only a vital element in any home, but a lasting investment, as well. With rug-making a key cultural element for both the citizenry and the elite, this collection captivates the bidder with its wide range of stunning handiwork.

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Jean Lurcat masterpiece headlines 1stbid fine rugs auction, May 21

Untitled, signed mid-century tapestry by the legendary French artist Jean Lurcat, estimated at $35,000-$40,000
Untitled, signed mid-century tapestry by the legendary French artist Jean Lurcat, estimated at $35,000-$40,000

Untitled, signed mid-century tapestry by the legendary French artist Jean Lurcat, estimated at $35,000-$40,000

WASHINGTON – 1stbid, a leading auction house specializing in fine rugs, will hold a sale on Sunday, May 21 with the bold title of The Ultimate Auction of Antique Rugs and Art. Consisting of 239 lots and commencing at at 2 pm Eastern time, the auction will provide the opportunity to bid on a wide range of choice and unique rugs from around the world. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Choice rugs & textiles from leading collector at Capsule Auctions, March 30

Bergama fragmentary rug, estimated at $1,000-$2,000
Bergama fragmentary rug, estimated at $1,000-$2,000
Bergama fragmentary rug, estimated at $1,000-$2,000

NEW YORK – On Thursday, March 30, Capsule Auctions presents Carpets from the Jim Dixon Collection, a sale of rugs and textiles from the important collector’s archives with select additions. The objects offered in the auction span centuries and continents, including Avar rugs from East Caucasus, Yuruk and Bergama rugs from West Anatolia, and Ningxia rugs from West China. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Ming Imperial dragon carpet set saleroom ablaze at Skinner

Ming Imperial dragon carpet, $324,500. Image courtesy of Skinner
Ming Imperial dragon carpet, $324,500. Image courtesy of Skinner
Ming Imperial dragon carpet, $324,500. Image courtesy of Skinner

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Auctioneers presented its initial sale from the the Jim Dixon collection, commanding widespread interest beyond the centerpiece Ming Imperial dragon carpet. The May 4 auction represented the first of several planned sales from the lifetime accruals of Jim Dixon, a passionate antiquarian and outsized figure in the world of fine woven textiles who passed away in 2020. Sales for both the live May 4 auction and a late April-early May online auction together reached $1,375,805.

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Leigh Marsh rug and carpet collection covers vast territory at Material Culture

Salor Chuval carpet, Turkmenistan, 18th century, $59,375
Salor Chuval carpet, Turkmenistan, 18th century, $59,375
Salor Chuval carpet, Turkmenistan, 18th century, $59,375

PHILADELPHIA – One of the finest oriental rug collections in Philadelphia came to the block at Material Culture on June 27. The Leigh Marsh collection, with its important Turkmen component, was well known to seasoned rug collectors as many of the rugs have been well published and often exhibited.

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Go big AND go home: Five types of statement pieces

This circa 1947 Krabban hand-knitted wool carpet from Barbro Nilsson certainly qualifies as a statement piece. It brought $24,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2021 at Wright.
This circa 1947 Krabban hand-knitted wool carpet from Barbro Nilsson certainly qualifies as a statement piece. It brought $24,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2021 at Wright.
This circa 1947 Krabban hand-knitted wool carpet from Barbro Nilsson certainly qualifies as a statement piece. It brought $24,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2021 at Wright.

NEW YORK — Statement pieces make a room and speak to your personal style. They can be bold and flashy, or they can be understated, with their craftsmanship and elegance speaking volumes. These five types of objects can help you express yourself and elevate your living space.

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