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A silk and metal-thread Heriz rug, Northwest Persia
signed 'the work of Rajab', inscribed with eight couplets from a ghazal of Sa’di

Knot density: H/cm 10: V/cm 10-14


approximately 209 by 167cm; 6ft. 10in., 5ft. 6in.
first half 19th century
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Provenance

Christie's London, 15 April 2010, lot 76

Catalogue Note

When sold in 2010, for £133,250, Hali ‘Auction Price Guide’ stated that this is ‘One of the best Persian silk rugs to appear in the market in recent years… This rug is a tour de force’, Hali, Autumn 2010, issue 165, p. 124. The author continues to say that it was consigned by a well-known Iranian collecting family and had been in their possession for circa 50 years and the interpretation of the ghazal in the borders at the time was that they are a poetic eulogy to the owner; stating that he will only thrive when he looks favourably upon the rug, op. cit, p. 124. Silk and metal-thread Heriz rugs are very rare indeed and to find one with such a trait and one so fine is remarkable.

As they are so rare it is unusual to have one appear on the market; thereby difficult to find a comparison, let alone an equal, however for an example of another light in tone silk and metal-thread rug see Sotheby’s, London, 12 October 1999, lot 38, sold for £56,500, this example with a 'vase' design and ivory field but lacking the distinctive drawing of the present lot. There is a further work, very similar to the 1999 example which interesting only sold a few days prior, see Sotheby’s New York, 8 October 1999, lot 158, sold for $74,000. Another example of a silk and metal-thread darker in palette but more in keeping with the overall design of the present, sold Christie’s, London, 13 April 2000, lot 150, £52,875. When sold in 2010 the cataloguer likened it to a silk Heriz with a similar palette and design dated AH 1231 (1815-16 AD), Christies London, 16 October 1997, lot 90.

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