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Hadji Jalili Oriental Rugs and Carpets

 Hadji (Haj) Jalili rugs and carpets are possibly the most elusive rugs in the market.  As less frequently is the case, some workshops had been known to sign their rugs so later attribution may be made.  In the case of hadji jalili rugs, the attribution remains, however few if any actual signatures exist.  It is unknown whether or not Hadji Jalili was an actual workshop or a contractor of higher end rugs which met the highest of standards for tabriz rugs.  Whatever the case may be, it is widely known that many of the finest Persian Tabriz Rugs from the fourth quarter of the 19th century are almost always attributed to Hadji Jalili, despite lack of evidence.
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Tabriz, Iran is located in the northwestern portion of the country


Perhaps the term Hadji Jalili has now reshaped itself into a more generalized category, simply referring to a certain age or vintage, possibly even a particular style and quality.  While many of the rugs now termed as Hadji Jalili rugs are of certain criteria, there are many sellers which lower the standard for what would be considered an acceptable attribution, and insist on terming a sub-par rug as a "Jalili" weavings.

Most commonly, the rugs which reputable sellers and auction houses attribute to Hadji Jalili are often in the vicinity of 250+ kpsi for wool on cotton rugs.  The colors most common to these carpets include burnt orange, ivory, black, gold, aqua blue, and many others.  silk on silk attributions often have 375+ KPSI, and colors featured include ivory, brown,  bright aqua blue, and subtle earthy tones.



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Tabriz Rugs Persian Rugs Oriental Rugs Antique Silk Tabriz 'Hadji Jalili' rug C. 1900 Sotheby's lot 52
* Image above as seen on the database of for Oriental Rugs and Persian Carpets.


* Image above: Antique Hadji Jalili, 8ft. 1in.x 11ft. 8in. Third Quarter 19th century.  Photograph as seen on Claremont Rug Company's Internet Gallery.




Examples of Other Exceptional Tabriz Antique Rugs and Carpets:

Sotheby's April 10 & 11, 1981:

Sotheby's Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets.  New York, April 10 & 11, 1981



The following lots are from Sotheby's New York Auction Catalog, which were up for bid on April 10 & 11, 1981 in New York. Click on each image for additional information on each rug and what they sold for (if they sold)!





Lot 395, Sotheby's New York, 1981.  Silk Tabriz Persian RugLot 395:


Last quarter 19th century, slightly dry.  Approximately 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m.) x 4 feet 6 inches (1.37 m.)

Estimate: $20,000 / 25,000 


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April 28. 2009 14:43

José Francisco de Avelar Barbosa Bordallo

Lovely rugs. I have one very similar to lote 158.
Maybe I will be interesting in selling but I don't now how.

Can you help me in aniway.

Best regards

José Francisco de Avelar Barbosa Bordallo

April 28. 2009 15:07


Hi José Francisco de Avelar Barbosa Bordallo,

If the rug is the one below, we would suggest good quick sale to be eBay or a local auction house of reputation.

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