Antique silk kashan rugs are certainly less frequently found in your local Rug Showroom. However, an antique silk kashan rug with Hebrew writing is much more unusual.
Lot 68 of Christies Sale 7616 in London, was just sold this morning October 10th, 2008. However, what was interesting was there was no mention of the unusual Hebrew motif which heavily differentiates this rug from others. Did Christie's not know these inscriptions were unlike typical Persian inscriptions? Hebrew rugs are extremely rare to come by, and perhaps would have significantly "upped the ante" had Christies made note of this very unusual weaving. Some bidders must have recognized the writting, as the rug did end up selling for just about double the estimate.
Coming soon about this rug: a side-by-side comparison with it's twin as seen in a private collection. If any readers are interested in translating the writing in these rugs, feel free to contact us for higher resolution photographs.
Age: Circa 1900
SOLD: £8,125 or $14,016 USD including 17.5% buyer's Premium
£3,000 - £4,000 or $5,175 - $6,900 USD