Large Sultunabad Carpet, Persia, circa 1900
Other highlights include a large decorative Sultanabad carpet (lot 252, prov: F.J. Hakimian), and a stunning apricot field 19th century Serapi carpet from a Philadelphia estate (lot 251), both valued at $4,000-$6,000. Other lots among a rich field of Persian, Caucasian, Anatolian, Moroccan, Chinese, Mongolian, Tibetan and Navajo rugs, include an early west Persian Kurd rug in original estate condition (lot 254), as well as several central and west Anatolian rugs from the collection of Samy and Sara Rabinovic, including an 18th c “Kiz Bergama” rug. A rare, very large Gafsa Oasis Kilim (lot 298, 6’4″ x 21’10”) in excellent condition and color is estimated at $1,500-$2,500.
Outstanding textiles include a large 18th century Thar Valley silk (lot 109) on linen panel valued at $1,500-$2,000, a Chinese 18th century silk brocade (lot 99, $1,500-$2,000) and a rare 6th-9th century pre Columbian funerary head band made with a knotted pile technique, valued at $1,000-$1,500. A truly exceptional 19th century Syrian silk and gold Judge’s Tunic from the collection of Samy and Sara Rabinovic, Philadelphia, was the blue ribbon exhibition winner at the 1996 International Conference on Oriental Carpets, and is expected to fetch $3,000-$4,000.