FIRST FLOOR GALLERY
LOT 11244 Heriz silk rug.
NORTHWEST PERSIA, CIRCA LATE 19TH CENTURY. 6 ft. 4 in. x 4 ft. 5 in.
SOLD: $5,500 + 25% Buyers Premium. 10 bids
Freeman's Comments: Rug has generally full pile throughout except for some very minor wear in parts of outer border near selvages. Rug is supple, pliable- not brittle. There is a brownish stain at upper left visible in part of inner border. Minor losses to selvage wraping. A cloth strip is sewn onto back of rug in which a wood dowel rod has been placed (to hang rug)
Rug Rag Comments: Overall good condition with select areas of low pile, some within the field. The large brownish stain as described by the auction notes is fairly large in size. Also notable which was not mentioned is potential for significant loss of fringe and or additional warp in the lower left hand portion of the rug. Fringe was very dry, and very susceptible to future loss. The handle of this carpet was not that of the typical silk Heriz carpets we have seen. Often silk Heriz rugs are floppy, almost having jelly like characteristics. Although the rug did not seem to be brittle or dry, it was slightly stiffer than typical Heriz rugs. Design is fairly well executed, with somewhat muddled features of the men on horses. The faces of these characters is sparse in detailed and very much elongated. The design is reminiscent of some "Fantasy" Heriz carpets with the cypress tree as centered in the field, however, lacks demons which typically characterize this genre of rug.
Below: Lower center of silk Heriz. Note slight corduroy effect of the pile.
Below: Large brownish colored stain in lower portion of the upper left quadrant. We are uncertain whether or not this area is dry or brittle to the touch. Also note lower pile as seen in dark bronze colored palmette.
Below: Select areas of lower pile with typical corduroy effect as seen again in the area of the dark bronze palmette. Note long braided fringe on top edge of the rug: This appears to be the original fringe, not added post production.
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