Here you will find a mixture of smaller and middle sized rugs from Central Asia and North Africa with lengths up to 275 cms., or 9 feet, (108 inches) with varying widths.

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FINE OLD QUM PICTORIAL RUG FROM CENTRAL PERSIA. A superb example of graceful curvilinear designs finely woven by a gifted weaver. The portrayal is of two people under an old twisted tree in a garden of flowers and a small lake is relaxing to look at. Reference 3436. Size 236 x 143 cms., or 7ft. 3ins. x 4ft. Euros 445.

CLOSE UP with portrayals of carnations which are frequently used in finer rugs.

UNUSUAL KIRMAN RUG with a beautiful and complex centre panel of shrubs, urns and masses of flowers. The use of long stemmed carnations, some still in bud, the rest in full flow growing from a bed covered in hyacinths shows the use of centuries old designs. There are two fine necked ceramic urns each almost invisible in the dense colourful plants. The weaver has borrowed floral designs from the nearby village of Ravar in southern Persia where the finest of floral rugs are woven. Reference 3437. Size 230 x 134 cms., or 7ft. 7ins.,x 4ft. 5ins. Euros 420.

CLOSE UP of the massed flowers which provide a visual pleasure and can cause you to look at them for ages. The attribute of a masterful rug.

FINE OLD KESHAN RUG from Central Persia and which dates from the 1950/60 era. The design is most unusual for a Keshan as are the colours, however the whole composition blends very well. Reference 3466. Size 169 x 128 cms., or 5ft. 7ins. x 4ft. 2ins. Euros 475.

UNUSUAL KARADJA LONG RUG from the north west corner of Persia in the region of Tabriz. The colours are much more deep and rich compared with the usual brownish tones of Karadja weavings. The tree design in the centre panel is seldom used. There is the Arabic date of 1380 in the top corner of the field. This equates to 1961 in the western calender. Reference 3467. Size 334 x 88 cms., or 11 x 3 feet. Euros 160.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIXED TECHNIQUE CARPET/KILIM. The combination of the two weaving methods - both piled knots and flat weave kilim - is usually only found in the southern High Atlas Mountains on the edge of the Pre Sahara. Often very intricate bands of embroidery are used as well. The two styles mean that the flexibility of the carpet allows it to be wrapped around the body for sleeping while the piled sections add weight and therefore warmth. In our homes this versatility allows use for a floor covering, wall hanging, table cover and even a sumptuous throw over a bed or bench. Reference 3481. Size 284 x 161 cms., or 9ft. 4ins., x 5ft. 4ins. Euros 725.

CLOSE UP OF HAND KNOTTED PILED SECTION. Fortunately for the Berber weavers of the High Atlas Mountains the plant called Henna grows profusely. It is associated with the complete spectrum of the colour yellow from pale straw to dark brown. It is the plant which many Berber women, young and old, use to make the dark brown dye used for the application to the skin to simulate tattoos. The designs are fashionable and last for weeks but unlike the other version are not permanent. This carpet uses the full range of shades including red and terracotta.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG from the region of Taznacht which is a weaving centre at the southern end of the range where it joins the Pre Sahara. The bold colourful medallions seem to float on the deepest indigo background. Borders are intricate and detailed which indicates the skill of the weaver. Perfect condition. Reference 3480. Size 256 x 160 cms., or 8ft. 5ins. x 5ft. 3ins. Euros 630.

CLOSE UP OF THE LOWER MEDALLION which shows a strong powerful design. The very intricate and complex design which frames the medallion is most unusual. A top quality rug in perfect condition.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG -- an old example from the region of Mrirt which is a province of the western half of the High Atlas Mountains. The use of a field of one colour, often shades of red which is obtained from the roots of the madder plant, is common. Blue from indigo is the second colour most used. Mrirt rugs seldom have borders. The field then becomes a palette for the weaver to use the whole spectrum of motifs of the Berber language scattered throughout as is the case here. This is a separate, huge, subject in itself. The weave is fine and even. The portrayal of rectangular forms is an illustration of fields of crops. Excellent condition. Reference 3485. Size 260 x 145, or 8ft. 6ins. x 4ft. 9ins. Euros 650.

CLOSE UP OF THE LOWER PART OF THE RUG showing several scattered designs and smaller motifs.

NORTH WEST PERSIAN VILLAGE RUG. Surrounding the city of Tabriz, the major centre of Persian rug weaving for centuries are many rug weaving towns and villages, each with their own identifiable designs: One village is called Karadja and it was here this fine, richly coloured rug was woven around the 1950s. Although the main Karadja design is often of stylized medallions the rest of the motifs used are completely different in every rug. Reference 3487. Size 178 x 150. Euros 575.

BORDER CLOSE UP showing an endless flowering creeper in flower shading the different small flowers and lilies growing underneath.