Sotheby's June 11, 2008. New York, Lot 130:
"A kashan silk PRAYER RUG, CENTRAL PERSIA
early 20th century: original flatwoven end finishes, color runs
APPROXIMATELY 6 FT. 8 IN. BY 4 FT. 3 IN. (2.03 BY 1.29M)"
Estimate: $5,000 - 7,000
SOLD: $3,125 (including 25% buyer premium)
*Sotheby's Lot 130 June 11th, 2008 New York City. Sold for $3,125 including 25% buyer premium
Sotheby's May 19, 1984. New York, Lot 160:
"UNUSUAL SILK KASHAN PRAYER RUG, Central Persia
circa 1900. Approximately 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m.) x 4 feet 3 inches (1.30 m.)"
Estimate: $30,000 / 40,000
SOLD: $33,00 (including 10% buyer premium)
*Sotheby's Lot 160 May 19th, 1984 New York City. Sold for $33,000 including 10% buyer premium
It's pretty hard to believe, but these two lots are almost identical rugs, if not the same exact rug. The color variation between the two could be from a flood, bad wash, sun fade, combination of any previously mentioned elements, or may not be the same rug. However, we have had several experts review these rugs, and say knot for knot, stated these two lots may very well be the same rug!
We actually had the benefit of seeing lot 130 on June 10th, 2008 in person. The rug was in good condition, with exception to heavy color run. The photographs as seen above (June 11,2008) are accurate. For an even better side by side comparison, take a look at the images below. When you look carefully at the photographs below, you can see the difference between what was then and what is now. Between 1984, and 2008, two similar rugs, if not the same exact rug, fetched $30,000 less!