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Nazmiyal Collection at Bonhams, NY

An Exemplary Decorative Antique and Vintage Carpet Collection by Nazmiyal‘ on 4 April 2016 was the first carpet auction of any substance at Bonhams in New York in our memory. The selection was broad, with pile and flatwoven carpets both Oriental and European in origin and ranging in date from the late 16th century to the late 20th century.
Lot. 1164. Yarkand silk saf, Xinjiang, 19th century. Sold for $13,750
As might have been expected from such a varied selection of carpets, ranging geographically from China in the East to Morocco in the West, and from India in the South to Sweden in the North, the results were just as diverse. Top lot, as might be expected was a complete Classical period Cairene Ottoman medallion carpet. The best of the decorative carpets and runners was a superb late 19th century Ushak with a Safavid inspired palmette design sold well, while an array of modernist/art deco material was headed by an Austrian Jugendstil/Wiener Werkstätte carpet designed by Josef Hoffmann. For selected highlights see the Gallery album.

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