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Q&A: What is this old Gallery Runner?

NOTE TO ALL READERS: Proper, formal attribution for this rug is still under consideration.  If you have specific insight as to what this rug may be, please take a careful look at photographs and give us your input on the comment field at the very bottom of this post!
 

Question:
 

I've attached photos of an antique rug that I've owned for about 15 years. I recently had the edges rebound but other than that nothing has been done to it.  When I took it in to have the sides rebound a rug dealer who also deals with the same repair shop told the person there that it was worth several thousand dollars even in it's present condition because of age, pattern and rarity.  Of course, he didn't impart any other information so I thought I'd try to find out. 

The rug measures approximately 13' x 5' and as you can see from the photos much of the pile has either corroded or been eaten away, although the rug has no repairs or other problems and is surprisingly sturdy. The foundation is cotton with wool pile and I am fairly sure the dyes are vegetal. I have looked through my books and online and I think the overall pattern is the herati pattern but I haven't been able to pin it down any further.  I appreciate any insights on it's origin and possible value, if any.  My feeling is that it had a Kurdish leaning because of the border.

Please let me know if any of your colleagues have any further insights on this rug.
 
Again, thank you for your efforts!
 

-Anonymous

An antique Gallery Runner

Reverse side of wide Oriental Runner

Corner Detail of Runner

Knot Density around 56 KPSI

Response:

Hi, thanks for contacting!

Some really great photographs you've provided, and certainly an interesting rug. 

As we are sure you can imagine, a good deal of understanding what a rug is, deciding its origin and value (especially), and evaluating condition...  It helps a tremendous amount to have the piece in person.  The advantage to having the rug in hand is you have the benefit of feeling the construction, feeling the weight of the rug, touching the wool, and other.  When dealing with these much older rugs, there are many intricacies to inspecting which are just not easily caught by camera, but we do try our best to help out.

As for attribution, our first instinct in attributing this runner was to call it a Kurd weaving going by the design execution and look of the wool.  Myself and several other experts in the field have not ruled this out at all, however...

This type of rug is referred to as a "Gallery Runner" because of the unusual width.  The foundation could hint to this being a Malayer, which is Western Iran.  It's probably best to attribute this rug as a "Northwest Persian" for several reasons: color, appearance of wool, type of knot and design.  It may seem a little like a "catch all" to attribute to a general region of Northwest Persian, however, it's not uncommon for Sotheby's and Christies refer to these types of rugs as such also.

The good news is the rug appears to be almost the full original size.  The not so good news is the rug shows a lot of use, which will strongly weigh against value.  Unfortunately in this condition would be more for aesthetics than what the carpet actually is. 

Regarding value: We have seen dealers who have rugs in similar condition asking a substantial amount of money for their pieces.  Unfortunately, and as we're sure you're aware, when a dealer has an unusually high asking price, it does not necessarily mean they're following what would be considered the "fair market value" for such rugs and carpets.  There are buyers who specifically search out worn rugs, and would be happy to pay a premium if they find what they're looking for.  While the rug is certainly a very nice looking piece (the border has an awesome varamin design implimented too), we would not go so far as to say it's worth several thousands of dollars but it is absolutely one interesting example. 

Sincerely,

-Rug Rag

 

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Comments

November 10. 2008 15:43

Barry O'Connell

Hello,
My initial reaction is that it is a rather old Ferahan. I have seen 1900 and older examples like this one. I wrote a guide to Ferahans ages ago and in looking at it today there are some analogous rugs:
http://www.persiancarpetguide.com/sw-asia/Rugs/Persian/Ferahan_Rugs/Ferahan_Rugs.htm
Best wishes,
Barry O'Connell

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