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Shekarlu rug, Qashqa’i tribe, southwest Persia, ca. 1860, 7ft. 0 in. x 5ft. 2 in. Lot 24, Azadi Collection, Austrian Auction Company, 19 November, estimate: €7.000 – 9.000. Siawosch Azadi is well known for his work on Turkmen weaving as well as Persian tribal rugs, and this carpet represents perhaps the best Fars area carpet in his collection. The field and border of this rug are not typical, the pride of lions patrolling between the hooked octagons in the border is particularly rare. Two examples published by James Opie in Tribal Rugs (1992, fig. 10.6-10.7) have lions in the field, but these are on white grounds and lack the density of decoration, profusion of unusual motifs and clarity of colour of the present example. The relatively low estimate should mean a good result in the auction.

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