Sotheby’s London is delighted to announce its new Spring Rugs and Carpets sales to be held alongside London Islamic week. Our sale includes distinguished collections and offers a wide range of property drawn across Europe and the USA, with selected works representative of the international weaving centres of Persia, Caucasus, Anatolia, Central Asia, China, and Europe. We also include the second instalment of the prominent collection of Christopher Alexander; the first half formed the core of our November salelast year. This second group being offered focuses almost exclusively on early and archaic Anatolian examples, with the exception of a beautiful vibrant green Khorossan fragment.
Further highlights included are a large Karapinar rug fragment formerly in the Bernheimer and Wher Collections, a Kum Kapi silk ‘Emperor Carpet’ of extraordinary quality and remarkable size (approximately 630 by 314cm), an extremely fine Pashmina rug with design after a pair of Safavid compartment carpets, both from the early 20th century. A striking 17th or 18th century Caucasian rug with design harkening to the so called ‘Portuguese’ carpets of Khorossan and unusual Yomut main carpet. Striking 20th century weaves from Iran and a charming collection of works bought in the 1930s by Lt. Colonel D.R.Thomas, O.B.E., I.M.S., Chemical Examiner to Government, Punjab, Lahore whilst posted in India.