Description: Knot density: V: 11/cm; H: 14/cm
Dimensions: approximately 173 by 146cm; 5ft. 8in., 4ft. 10in.
Condition Report: Overall measurements: 140cm across the top, 146cm across the bottom, 170cm along the left, 173cm along the right. Very flexible handle. Fine, dense, generally even 1-2mm pile overall. There are five small holes in the top border, two of which have been cobbled together. These would appear to be where the rug was, at some stage in its past, pinned to a baton on the wall, they are probably nail holes (image 1). There is also a small semi-circular section of re-weave to the outermost edge of the outer red guard, approx 2 by 1cm (image 2). There are some localised areas of knot loss within the blue pile (image 3), with a small amount of later re-piling (image 4). When hanging these are barely visible (image 5). The rug would benefit from a conservation lining to support it, especially at the upper end. If it is displayed it should probably be mounted onto a stretcher, as a textile would be. There are also a few small scattered minute old repairs within the ivory ground lower left section of border (image 6). Some surface discolouration, visible on front and reverse, for example within the ivory border (Image 7). There is a small circular section of re-weave in the main field, approx 2cm diameter (image 8). Both ends with original flatweave and knotted silk fringing (image 9), more visible along the lower end. There is a section later inset in the lower right corner of fringing. This is a highly sophisticated design, technically very well executed. Beautiful and rare example with a full range of colour. We consider the condition comments made to be minor. This example is in outstanding condition for its age. Please contact Harry Grenfell, email@example.com, +44 (0)207 293 5556 for the above mentioned condition images.
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Herrmann, Eberhart, Seltene Orientteppiche
(Rare Oriental Carpets), Munich, Vol. IV, Cat. No. 68, pp.198-199.
Christie’s New York, September 20, 1979, catalogued as Heriz (sold for the then record price of $44,000)
Art & Auction, December 1982/January 1983, front cover and Benedict, p. 61, Rosaline Candlin and Howard, Constance, ‘A Nineteenth-Century Persian Rug’
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Christie’s New York, September 20, 1979
Eberhart Herrmann (by 1982)
An anonymous German Collector
Sold by the estate of the above to benefit a Charitable Foundation