This same carpet photographed below was seen in two different Sotheby's Catalogs. One was dated December 1, 1984 (lot 134), and the other April 10 & 11, 1981 (lot 508). Well, either way, it ended up selling for $22,000 including buyer's premium in 1984.
Three years difference, and quite a different attribution... So what is it?
silk on silk Kermans are very rare. The border appears similar to that which would might be found in a Kerman Rug. The design in the field is not unlike some which are seen in select antique tabriz rugs with the lattice background and hunting scene. The way in which the selvages were woven are unlike that of a Tabriz. This is an instance of a rug which would need to be seen in person to really carefully see the construction. Some experts we have shown these catalog notes to believe it to be a Tabriz, others think it is more along the lines of a Kerman... What do you think?