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MEDIUM RUGS 2.

HERE YOU WILL FIND rugs of the size 181 to 275cms., or 6ft. to 9ft. long with various width sizes.

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MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS BENI OURAIN RUG which has a long, soft and lustrous pile to provide luxury for bare toes in winter. The simplistic design and the pile is of undyed local wool. Reference 3045. Size 233 x 135 cms., or 7ft. 8ins. x 4ft. 5ins. Euros 450.

OVERALL RUG.

STREET FOOD, MARRAKECH STYLE. The early evening air is filled with smoke from open fires.

DEEP IN THE BAZAAR a shaft of sunlight makes an ideal sleeping place for one of the residents

PERSIAN ABADEH VILLAGE RUG Circa 1930. The small village of Abadeh lies at high altitude in the Zagros mountains midway between Shiraz and Isfahan. This is a rug of exceptional colour and intricate repeated design of urns containing flowering bushes surmounted by birds which is very pleasing. The dyes are natural and the condition is excellent. There is comparatively little written about Abadeh. However, the 1970 book "Oriental Rugs and Carpets" by the Italian specialist Fabio Formenton shows a very similar piece and has good information on pages 132-133. This rug last appeared on the international market as Lot 2119 of the Zurich fine art auctioneers Galerie Kohler on 8th December 1999. Reference 243. Size 235 x 142cms. 7ft. 9ins. x 4ft. 4ins. Euros 1,650.

PERSIAN ABADEH VILLAGE RUG Circa 1930. The small village of Abadeh lies at high altitude in the Zagros mountains midway between Shiraz and Isfahan. This is a rug of exceptional colour and intricate repeated design of urns containing flowering bushes surmounted by birds which is very pleasing. The dyes are natural and the condition is excellent. There is comparatively little written about Abadeh. However, the 1970 book "Oriental Rugs and Carpets" by the Italian specialist Fabio Formenton shows a very similar piece and has good information on pages 132-133. This rug last appeared on the international market as Lot 2119 of the Zurich fine art auctioneers Galerie Kohler on 8th December 1999. Reference 243. Size 235 x 142cms. 7ft. 9ins. x 4ft. 4ins. CLOSE UP

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG which is a really old soft, supple piece with many weft threads which allow it to be wrapped around the body for maximum warmth in the cold High Atlas winters. The wool is silky to the feel. The colors are undyed shades of ivory and mid-brown local Berber wool and the rug is from the Azilal region. Weaving from the Berbers of Azilai is comprehensively described in the excellent book "Morokko" by Kurt Rainer from page 113 onwards. Reference 2773. Size 191 x 100 cms., or 6ft. 3ins. x 4ft. Euros 425.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG which is a really old soft, supple piece with many weft threads which allow it to be wrapped around the body for maximum warmth in the cold High Atlas winters. The wool is silky to the feel. The colors are undyed shades of ivory and mid-brown local Berber wool and the rug is from the Azilal region. Weaving from the Berbers of Azilai is comprehensively described in the excellent book "Morokko" by Kurt Rainer from page 113 onwards. Reference 2773. Size 191 x 100 cms., or 6ft. 3ins. x 4ft. CLOSE UP.

RARE BELOUCH / BALOUCH RUG which is an early 20th century example of a group known as Timuri who are found in north west Afghanistan. Most unusually the warps are extremely fine cotton and the knotting is the finest I have seen in Timuri work. Stylised goats are scattered through a field of soft and lustrous wool and the rug is intact with original sides and ends. It is very similar to Plate 20 in the now very rare book “Rugs of the Wandering Baluchi” by David Black and Clive Loveless. Reference 253. Size 190 x 107cms, 6ft 3ins x 3ft 6ins, Euros 890.

RARE BELOUCH / BALOUCH RUG which is an early 20th century example of a group known as Timuri who are found in north west Afghanistan. Most unusually the warps are extremely fine cotton and the knotting is the finest I have seen in Timuri work. Stylised goats are scattered through a field of soft and lustrous wool and the rug is intact with original sides and ends. It is very similar to Plate 20 in the now very rare book “Rugs of the Wandering Baluchi” by David Black and Clive Loveless. Reference 253. Size 190 x 107cms, 6ft 3ins x 3ft 6ins. CLOSE UP

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG. The snow covered peaks of this mountain range can be seen daily from the center of Marrakech and end much further south as the gateway to the Sahara. These peaks are the home of many Berber tribes and the towns are gathering points for the rugs when they are for sale. This exceptional piece was found in Tazenacht and is from the nearby Ait Ouaouzguite Berbers. The individual floral designs seem to float on the depth of background indigo. It is old and in excellent condition. The book "Taznacht" which is the result of original research into the area and its textiles back in the 1990·s, is full of information. Reference 2777. Size 182 x 128 cms., or 6ft. x 4ft. 3ins. Euros 785.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG. The snow covered peaks of this mountain range can be seen daily from the center of Marrakech and end much further south as the gateway to the Sahara. These peaks are the home of many Berber tribes and the towns are gathering points for the rugs when they are for sale. This exceptional piece was found in Tazenacht and is from the nearby Ait Ouaouzguite Berbers. The individual floral designs seem to float on the depth of background indigo. It is old and in excellent condition. The book "Taznacht" which is the result of original research into the area and its textiles back in the 1990·s, is full of information. Reference 2777. Size 182 x 128 cms., or 6ft. x 4ft. 3ins. CLOSE UP.

I remember the number -- 56 -- of this old riyad but can never remember the name of the alley it is in. Once inside .... heaven.

Inside. And hundreds of rugs to examine and feel for the wool quality, knotting and condition. Ali has been looking after me for 9 years and on every visit shares his knowledge of the area and the rugs. This is the start of the journey to a new home for the Ait Douchen rug.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG from Azilal. The weavers in the 600 or so villages scattered in the High Atlas, which start at Azilal and end close to the border with Algeria, have a clever way of using a limited palette of three or so colours to make such attractive rugs. The clever combination here od tan, henna and ivory give the very long pile a luxurious feel. Reference 3046. Size 203 x 85 cms., or 6ft. 8ins. x 2ft. 10ins. Euros 290.

CLOSE UP OF CENTRAL FIELD.

ALPUJARRA RUG from the group of villages in the Sierra Nevadas in Southern Spain. There are around 50 small villages, many with looms, where these simple rugs have been woven for centuries. Wool, cotton and recycled materials are used to weave rugs which have many uses as bedding and floor decoration. Reference 2964. Size 250 x 140 cms., or 8ft. 3ins. x 4ft. 7ins. Euros 185.

A TYPICAL SMALL VILLAGE WHERE ALPUJARRA RUGS ARE WOVEN in many homes. They are at altitudes of 4000 to 5000 feet and one, Trevelez, is the highest village in Spain. Populations are in the few hundreds. I have seen several Alpujarra rugs bearing dates fron the late 1700s and many from the 1800s.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG. The narrow shape indicates that the loom upon which the rug was woven was inside a tradtional Berbe hut or dwelling. The ivory and brown shades of wool used for the pile are undyed and the simplistic portrayal of two trees were probably inspired by the surrounding countryside. The unusual Berber knot has been used. Reference 3044. Size 210 x 82 cms., or 7ft. x 2ft. 8ins. Euros 320.

CLOSE UP of the two major trees used in the design.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG from the Berbers of Beni Ourain in the western Middle Atlas. Several clues point to this piece as having been woven and used by a Berber family for themselves. It has several decades of age. The undyed wool has been taken from many different sheep and this shows in the slight and subtle colour changes in the field which are known as abrash. There are about a dozen single knots of undyed brown wool scattered randomly through the field. When the rug was finished the weaver did not cut it off the loom immediately but went on to weave a long and beautiful lattice band to embelish the end. Lastly, the knotting is not the normal symmetrical knot used virtually throughout Morocco but is the unique and very scarce Berber knot. Lustrous wools make for a silky feel. Reference 2950. Size 185 x 148 cms., or 6ft. 2ins. x 4ft. 8ins. Euros 580.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG from the Berbers of Beni Ourain in the western Middle Atlas. Several clues point to this piece as having been woven and used by a Berber family for themselves. It has several decades of age. The undyed wool has been taken from many different sheep and this shows in the slight and subtle colour changes in the field which are known as abrash. There are about a dozen single knots of undyed brown wool scattered randomly through the field. When the rug was finished the weaver did not cut it off the loom immediately but went on to weave a long and beautiful lattice band to embelish the end. Lastly, the knotting is not the normal symmetrical knot used virtually throughout Morocco but is the unique and very scarce Berber knot. Lustrous wools make for a silky feel. Reference 2950. CLOSE UP OF EXCELLENT FRINGE WORK.

KELARDASHT RUG which is from the village on the southern shore of the Caspian Sea in northern Iran. It is from the first half of the 20th century and in good, intact, condition. The area is subject to a wet climate and, as many looms are outside the houses and are part of the structure of the house, the loom and weavers are often sheltered under plastic sheeting. Reference 1273. Size 250 x 115 cms., or 8ft. 3ins. x 5ft. Euros 950..

KELARDASHT RUG which is from the village on the southern shore of the Caspian Sea in northern Iran. It is from the first half of the 20th century and in good, intact, condition. The area is subject to a wet climate and, as many looms are outside the houses and are part of the structure of the house, the loom and weavers are often sheltered under plastic sheeting. Reference 1273. Size 250 x 115 cms., or 8ft. 3ins. x 5ft. CLOSE UP.

ALPUJARRA DOUBLE SIDED RUG. In common with most mountain regions world wide the Sierra Nevada range of southern Spain is cold, and again in common with residents of these regions the local villagers turn to rug and blanket making for warmth. The 50 or so villages in the Las Alpujarras region were settled by the Moors until the late 1500s. The average height is around 4000 feet, and one, Trevelez, is the highest village in Spain. The weavers of the neighbouring village of Bubion hand loom this type of rug called locally "Jarapa" which is made of wool, cotton and sometimes recycled material. This example, with its beautiful autumn colours, is double sided and heavy enough to be a durable floor cover as well as to provide warmth for bedding. I have seen several rugs from the Alpujarras dated in the 1800s and a few even dated in the late 1700s. They are fascinating but little known outside Spain. Reference 2963. Size 200 x 138 cms., or 6ft. 7ins. x 4ft. 6ins. Euros 245.

REVERSE SIDE.

MALAYER RUG. The great expanse of Hamadan has more than 600 rug weaving villages, however the pieces woven in the village of Malayer have a distinctive weave and color combination which aids their identification. This rug is typical of the pieces woven from the late 19th century to the early 20th. The light fawn background is most unusual. Traditional Malayer colors are used in the four borders. Reference 2979. Size 275 x 117 cms., or 9ft. x 4ft. Euros 460.

MALAYER RUG. The great expanse of Hamadan has more than 600 rug weaving villages, however the pieces woven in the village of Malayer have a distinctive weave and color combination which aids their identification. This rug is typical of the pieces woven from the late 19th century to the early 20th. The light fawn background is most unusual. Traditional Malayer colors are used in the four borders. Reference 2979. Size 275 x 117 cms., or 9ft. x 4ft. CLOSE UP.

OLD LURI TRIBAL RUG from the Zagros Mountain region of southern Persia. The three medallions are surrounded by a random scattering of plants, flowers, bushes, birds and wild animals. The rug has a very lively and lustrous appearance and most unusually motifs in butter coloured yellow and spring green have been used. Reference 3062. Sie 204 x 140 cms., or 6ft. 8ins. x 4ft. 7ins. Euros 675.

CLOSE UP OF TWO FLORAL DESIGNS edged with unusual yellow.