Sotheby's May 19, 1984. New York, Lot 201:
"RARE silk tabriz carpet, Northwestern Persia
circa 1875, Approximately 10 feet 10 inches (3.30 m.) x 7 feet 5 inches (2.26 m.)
Please refer to McMullan, Joseph V., Islamic Carpets, Near Eastern Art Research Center, Inc., New York, 1965, plate 22, for a late 18th century wool carpet in this design inscribed with a mention of the Kurdish town near Bidjar called Gerous. It is through this 18th century carpet that this forked arabesque and bouquet design has found the name Gerous. The present example, like its 18th century predecessor, is all field, with only mechanical borders.
Both examples, with extraordinary vigor and clarity of design, can be thought of as uniquely successful carpets of their day, and as McMullan characterizes the 18th centruy example (page 92), 'Standing fully in the great traditions of 17th century arabesque carpets. "
Estimate: $80,000 / 120,000
SOLD: $82,500 including 10% buyer premium
*Sotheby's Lot 201 May 19th, 1984 New York City. Sold, $82,500 including 10% buyer premium.