A KASHGAR CARPET, XINJIANG, WEST CHINA
A KASHGAR CARPET, XINJIANG, WEST CHINA
A KASHGAR CARPET, XINJIANG, WEST CHINA
A KASHGAR CARPET, XINJIANG, WEST CHINA
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Property from Eberhart Herrmann

A KASHGAR CARPET, XINJIANG, WEST CHINA

Estimate: 80,000 - 120,000 GBP

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Property from Eberhart Herrmann

A KASHGAR CARPET, XINJIANG, WEST CHINA

Estimate: 80,000 - 120,000 GBP

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Description

Property from Eberhart Herrmann


A KASHGAR CARPET, XINJIANG, WEST CHINA


18th century


approximately 480 by 235 cm.

Condition Report

Pile generally good to very good 2-3mm, with areas of lower pile where knot bars are beginning to peek through. Line of tension adjacent to the central stem in the upper half of the field. Slightly more wear in the right hand section of the field at rows 5-7 of the flowerheads (counting from the upper end of field). Ends with some losses to warp fringes and taped on reverse. Side cords in good condition. Could benefit from a clean but generally in very good condition, especially considering its age. Very splendid carpet. Additional images are available from the department on request.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Sotheby’s London, 19 October 1994, Lot 213

Literature

Hali 78, December 1994/January 1995, p. 132 

Herrmann, Eberhart, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst, Band 5, Emmetten, 1995, pl. 103

Catalogue Note

The field design is composed of an implied double grid formed of offset rows of slender white crosses with ‘five-flower’ motifs at their intersections, with each bar terminating in a lotus like motif. The vertical stems support alternately rosettes and nodes issuing stems of blossom which form the horizontals of the second grid; the play between repetition and variation and the tension formed by the grid lines result in a successful and sophisticated design, which is serene but never dull. Comparative examples are a silk carpet illustrated by Ulrich Schűrmann in Central Asian Rugs, Frankfurt Am Main, 1969, pl. 74, and one in Bidder, Hans, Carpets from Eastern Turkestan, London, 964, pl. XVIII. Both these examples employ the ‘five-flower’ design, and the latter has a ‘tile pattern’ border similar to the present lot. Similar ‘five-flower’ rosettes decorate the pale green field of a small East Turkestan rug, reduced in length, published by Christopher Alexander in A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art, New York 1993, sold Sotheby’s London, 7 November, 2017, lot 42.

Arts of the Islamic World & India including Fine Rugs & Carpets
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