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Lot 199: Extremely Rare and Important Silk Heriz Carpet


Sotheby's Saturday May 19, 1984 Fine Rugs and Carpets Sale


Sotheby's May 19, 1984. New York, Lot 199:


circa 1875 , Approximately 8 feet 3 inches (2.52 m.) x 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m.)

Nineteenth century approximations of sophisticated 16th and 17th century vase designs often lack the vigor of their classical precedents.  In the present example, the naive rendering of the palmettes drawn with only a minimal design scheme offers a sparkling contrast that is the hallmark of many silk Heriz rugs; executed with the most luxurious of materials (silver and silk), these rugs succeed not by their opulence but by their disarming charm and naivete. 

For design antecendents to this group, please see McMullan, Joseph V., Islamic Carpets, Near Eastern Art Research Center, Inc., New York, 1965, plate 16, pages 81-82"

Estimate: $80,000 / 100,000 

Passed, unsold or withdrawn

Lot 199, Rare and Important Antique Silk Heriz Perisan Rug *Sotheby's Lot 199 May 19th, 1984 New York City. Passed, unsold or withdrawn.

Silk Heriz Detail, Antique Rug Circa 1875 silk and metal fiber 

Border detail, silk Heriz persian Rug



We believe there is a strong possibility this is the same silk Heriz carpet as seen on SpongoBongo:  A very similar rug was auctioned off as Lot 38 at Sotheby's Fine Oriental and European Rugs and Carpets in London, October 12, 1999.  The size difference is an inch or two on both length and width, however it is not uncommon for the same rug to have some measurement discrepancies.  The images shown are also flipped 180 degrees.   The estimate for this rug in 1999 was £50,000-70,000, with a final hammer price of £56,500 ($93,790).  The Provenance was stated as a rug from the Aryeh Family Collection of Persian Art.  To read more about this Exact antique Silk Heriz, take a look on for Oriental Rugs and Persian Carpets.


View Photo Gallery of Sotheby's New York Catalog, Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets: May 19, 1984




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