Cordys

0000A

INTRODUCTION
A UNIQUE AUCTION OF 69 IMPORTANT ANTIQUE AZERBAIJANI-CAUCASIAN RUGS FROM THE DR. HORST K. ULMKE COLLECTION. The original collection of Wilhelm Ulmke, followed by his son Walter and supplemented by his grandson Dr. Horst Karl Ulmke (1923-1999). Ulmke was fortunate in the late decades of the 20thC to be able to purchase fine rugs of the Azerbaijan region that surfaced on the market due the social and economic upheaval that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The collection in its entirety was documented fastidiously in the book ‘Azerbaijan-Caucasian Rugs’* by some of the most highly regarded specialists in the area. *AZERBAIJANI-CAUCASIAN RUGS By Siawosh U. Azadi, Latif Kerimov and Werner Zollinger, ISBN 10: 3-925 813-10-1 Published by Ulmke Collection, Hamburg, 2001 Ulmke and his wife maintained international properties including one in the Bay of Plenty, hence a proportion of collection came to be housed in New Zealand. The rugs have been meticulously conserved and stored. They represent the best examples of a fascinating textile making history, a unique offering of incomparable quality, the like of which will not be seen in New Zealand again. "It has always been one of my top priorities to own carpets in mint condition" - Dr. Horst Ulmke These carpets from the Azerbaijan districts of Kuba, Shirvan, Karabakh, Gyanja and Kazak are made with hand spun wools, naturally dyed with combinations of madder, cochineal, euphorbia, indigo and walnut husks, giving the wonderful polychrome colours that firstly attract the attention. Some show the attractive feature abrash - the colour variation within one shade. Their history derives from nomadic tribal groups settling into rural villages and urban centres but maintaining their cultural signatures in the ornamentation of their rugs. They are decorated with complex and marvellous göels (medallions) that represent lakes surrounded by trees, animals, birds, figures, flowers, vines, leaves, feathers and clouds as well as compositions and patterns whose meanings are lost in time. ‘In my forty-two years in the auction industry and short period working with a rug dealership I have not seen and know I will not see again such a marvellous collection’. – Ross Millar, Cordy’s Auctions.

0000B

SOME NOTES ON THE BOOK THAT DETAILS THIS COLLECTION OF RUGS.
All rugs bar two of this collection are detailed in the volume Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs written, photographed, edited and produced by Dr. Ulmke and his fellow authors including the renowned expert Latif Kerimov (1906-1991). We recommend obtaining a copy of this book which is available second-hand online (Amazon, AbeBooks). Each lot in the auction has a main photograph and a scan of the details that appear in this book* *AZERBAIJANI-CAUCASIAN RUGS By Siawosh U. Azadi, Latif Kerimov and Werner Zollinger, ISBN 10: 3-925 813-10-1 Published by Ulmke Collection, Hamburg, 2001 EACH RUG IS DETAILED IN THE ONLINE CATALOGUE WITH AN ACCOMPANYING SCAN WITH DETAILS AS PUBLISHED IN THE BOOK Common abbreviations in the scan include: Wa: warp We: weft P: pile Kn: knot Kn/dm2: knots per sq decimeter (10 x 10 x 10cm) Handle: approximate characterisation of the pile, thickness and reverse side (in that order) Ue: Upper end Le: Lower end Sel: Selvedge Colours: DRed (Dark red) LR (Light red) BBrown (Blackish brown Materials: W (Wool), C (Cotton), GH (Goat hair) CH (Camel hair) Condition: Are as observed by the authors not the auction house Remarks: Are as made by the authors, not the auction house Literature: A 7-page bibliography is listed in the book

0001

An Alpan, Kuba rug. Circa 1900. 189 x 119cm.
The entire field patterned with polychrome small palmettes on an old ivory ground. Framed by a broad 'herati' border with a dark-blue ground, and a secondary border of octagons in colours reflecting those of the field. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 4/ page 160

Estimate: $900 - $2,000

0002

A Khyrdagul Chichi, Kuba rug. Beginning of the 20th century. 154 x 93cm.
A wonderfully complex pattern of small/fine blossoms (khydra gul), diamonds, stars, palmettes and cruciform motifs on a deep indigo ground, framed by multiple borders including a bent vine. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 6/ page 164.

Estimate: $700 - $1,400

0003

A Gollu Chichi, Kuba rug. First quarter 20thC. 216 x 160cm.
With three signature 'khatani' motifs to the ivory field, framed by a white 'shami' (Kufic) main border and multiple narrow borders including reciprocal crenels, rosettes and carnations. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 13/ page 178

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

0004

An outstanding Alikhanly, Kuba runner. [Possibly dated 1323 =1905 bottom left] 308 x 123cm
Decorated with five complex 'sunburst' medallions on a midnight-blue field and further minor geometric ornamentation. The border of small octagons with slight sequential irregularity gives an attractive individuality to the overall look. Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (1) 'Of great historical and cultural value and rare'. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 22/ page 196

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000

0005

A Daghestan runner. Last quarter 19thC. 388 x 187cm.
With five massive sunburst medallions virtually filling the dark blue field. Framed by two principal borders, one of crab motifs, the other of S-hooks. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 29/ page 210

Estimate: $1,800 - $3,600

0006

A Shahnazali, Kuba rug. Circa 1900. 267 x 154cm
A midnight-blue field decorated with four conjoined hexagonal medallions bookended by bashlyk appendages, flanked by white cruciform medallions and surrounded by scattered rosettes and animal motifs. Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (1) 'Of great historical and cultural value and rare'. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 32/ page 216

Estimate: $1,600 - $3,200

0007

A fine antique 'Perepedil Caucasian', Pirebadil, Kuba broad runner, 295 x 148cm
Decorated with seven small octagonal motifs each framed by fantastical birds and iconic 'ram's horn' islimi patterns. Outlined by a complementary highly structured meander border and further narrow bands. Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (1+) 'Of great historical and cultural value and very rare'. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 34/ page 220

Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000

0008

A fine Pirebadil, Kuba broad runner. Dated 1922. 300 x 143cm.
So-called Perepedil Kuba, inscribed with the patron’s/owner's name Saheb Khorshid and the Hijri date 1341 = 1922 above a prayer gable/niche to the top. The uncommon ivory field patterned with five göels, each surrounded by fantastical birds and ram's horn motifs. The main border of Kufic pattern. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 38/ page 228. Cf. 'Teppiche Aus Dem Kaukasus', Shurmann, Ulrich; USA 1964, ill. 73, page 210. Cf. 'Orientteppiche', Elder, Doris; Munich 1979, two white ground Perepedil illus. 372/373, pages 332/333

Estimate: $2,800 - $5,500

0009

A Pirebadil, Kuba rug. Circa1900. 199 x 150cm.
So-called Perepedil, of classic design with six small medallions framed by fantastical birds/dragons and 'ram's horn' islimi patterns and a multitude of geometric motifs in a superb colour combination. Complemented by a conforming-coloured group of borders, the main one with Kufic design. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 40/ page 232

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000

0010

A Zeiva, Kuba rug. 195 x 126cm
Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (1+) 'Of great historical and cultural value and very rare. Wonderful geometric decoration, with a quizzical four-and-a-half star medallions framed by fabulous bird and palmette motifs, framed by a 'kufi' motif main border and outer border of carnations. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 41/ page 234

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000

0011

A Zagly, (Divichy district) Kuba rug 176 x 130cm.
Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (2) 'Of great historical and cultural value' A so-called “Forked Leaf Kuba" with a rich pattern consisting of gul-like emblems framed by corresponding white 'sajayad' motifs. Framed by multiple borders, the outmost one of reciprocal crenelations. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 46/ page 244

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000

0012

A Zagly, (Leaf-Fork) Kuba rug. Circa 1890. 183 x 129cm.
Richly patterned with white forked islimi and geometric motifs on a deep blue field. Framed by multiple borders, the main one of eight petal rosettes alternating with beams and struts. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 47/ page 246

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000

0013

A Konakhkend, Kuba runner. First quarter 20thC. 335 x 147cm.
Midnight-blue field with two octagonal medallions on a red ground with stepped outline, flanked by same-colour funnel-like blocks and corner octagons. The main border of chains and rosettes, the minor borders with cross, blossoms, and bird's foot motifs. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 53/ page 258. Azerbaijani Carpets II, Kerimov, Latif; Baku 1983, Russian/English. col. ill. 30.

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

0014

A Ziekhur soumak flatweave. Kuba broad runner. Second half 19thC. 336 x 155cm
A so-called 'Kuba Dragon Soumak', decorated with the wonderfully complex and stylised classic dragon medallions, with visually overlaying pattern enclosing a horde of various motifs. Wool pattern weft on goat hair and wool foundation. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 62/ page 276

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000

0015

A Shirvan runner. c.1902-13. 395 x 173cm
A closely packed design of considerable complexity incorporates large crested and quill throated birds amongst nine horizontal rows of giant palmettes. The date in the upper white medallion 320 and 31 can be interpreted as 1320 or 1331 in the Hijri calendar, equivalent to 1902 or 1913. Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (1+) 'Of great historical and cultural value and very rare'. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 63/ page 278

Estimate: $2,800 - $5,500

0016

A good Shirvan Shiralibek broad runner. Early 20thC. 350 x 180cm.
The entire midnight-blue field filled with eleven rows of alternating boteh and trees. Framed by four borders and narrow stripes Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 64/ page 280.

Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000

0017

A Shemakha, Shirvan rug, circa 1900. 290 x 128cm
An imaginative and varied field of giant palmettes decorates the field, in a pattern Professor Kerimov refers to as 'berket' (blessing, abundance, excess). The main border formed by diagonal double-S motifs flanked by reciprocal crenelations. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 69/ page 290

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000

0018

An Arjiman, Shirvan runner. Dated 1907, 309 x 119cm
Wool pile on a cotton and wool foundation. On the vertical axis five conjoined geometric göels with flame medallions characteristic of Zoroastrian symbolism at either end. Upper right Hijri date 1325 = 1907. The minor borders patterned with small reciprocal crenels. Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (1) 'Of great historical and cultural value and rare'. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 78/ page 308

Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000

0019

An Arjiman, Shirvan runner. Dated either 1895 or 1927. 337 x 167cm.
Wool pile on a cotton and wool foundation. Wonderfully balanced complex decoration of conjoined geometric göels in two rows with flame medallions at either end and in between. Framed by a ‘huryuk' (braid) border. The inscription to the small upper cartouche has Hijri dates and numerals open to interpretation as above as well as a name: 'Obad Kolizad and 'Allah' (twice). Note there is irregular oxidation of the black dyed wool pile. Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (2) 'Of great historical and cultural value' Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 80/ page 312

Estimate: $1,200 - $2,400

0020

A good Arjiman, Shirvan runner. Second half 19thC. 293 x 151cm.
With six conjoined step-sided lozenge göels with flame medallions at either end, the surrounding field brimming with peacocks and other birds, sheep and other animals, human figures along with two equestrians, fruiting trees and rosettes fill remaining spaces, edged by reciprocal crenelations. Framed by a wine glass border between rosette stripes. Wool pile on a cotton and wool foundation. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 82/ page 316

Estimate: $3,200 - $7,000

0021

An Arjiman, Shirvan runner. c.1870. 320 x 164cm
With six uniform conjoined lozenge göels surmounted by compressed flame motifs to either end, the blue field principally patterned with hooked lozenges within hexagons. Framed by a crab motif border between rosette stripes. Wool pile on a camel hair and cotton foundation. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 83/ page 318

Estimate: $1,800 - $3,600

0022

A Mihrabi Chukhanly, Shirvan prayer rug. Circa 1900. 173 x 105cm.
The entire field decorated with diagonal rows of diamond medallions outlined with hooks, the pattern all slightly weighted to the left of the field. Two unusual horned hexagons fill the hand spaces above the mihrab gable. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 85/ page 322

Estimate: $600 - $1,200

0023

A Bijov, Shirvan rug. Early 20thC. 184 x 123cm
In a characteristic format with three pairs of octagonal göels with triangular quadrants to form square panels. Two intermediary panels are embellished with buykme and animal motifs. Wool pile on wool and cotton foundation. Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (2) 'Of great historical and cultural value'. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 92/ page 336

Estimate: $750 - $1,400

0024

A good Gashad, Shirvan rug. First quarter 20thC. 265 x 140cm
With a strongly structured field of five conjoined medallions with repeating designs in a variety of colours, on a dark-blue ground, aligned with large rosettes. Framed by multiple borders, crenelations and stripes. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 95/ page 342

Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000

0025

A Hajikabul, Shirvan broad runner. End of the 19thC. 300 x 143cm.
Decorated with three major cruciform medallions and four secondary medallions within a field of innumerable other motifs on a dark blue ground. Framed by a 'wine glass' border. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 112/ page 376

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

0026

A long Hajikabul, Shirvan runner. Second half of 19thC. 415 x 123cm.
With midnight-blue field entirely decorated with a honeycomb pattern, subtly interrupted by three göels on the central axis, each of those flanked by birds, and with one pair additionally human figures. The main border of a strongly angular meander design. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 113/ page 378

Estimate: $2,800 - $5,500

0027

A Zili flatweave, from Baku. Dated 1925. 100 x 75cm
A large khorjin (provisions bag) worked in Soumak weft-wrapping technique. With mirror imaged Gregorian date1926 and Hijri date 1322 (1904 AD), along with the name of the weaver twice 'Gol Adnam' These frame the twin medallions, in turn outlined by white islimi and three borders. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 116/ page 384

Estimate: $400 - $800

0028

A Khizi Zili flatweave, Baku, Shirvan rug 195 x 128cm.
Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (1) 'Of great historical and cultural value and rare'. Kushlu Zili (bird zili) '...have not been produced for some time. This tradition has become extinct' A late 19thC, tapestry woven cover, decorated with a panels depicting various fabled birds of various composition, on red-brown and midnight blue backgrounds. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 119/ page 390

Estimate: $800 - $1,600

0029

A Shadda Zili flatweave, Shirvan, 1898. 230 x 190cm
Absheron peninsula region. Dated upper right corner Hijri 1316 (Gregorian 1898) and a further four times lower down. An extraordinary patterned piece with manifold boteh, fantastic birds, palm leaves and other motifs. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 121/ page 394

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

0030

A Khila Boteh, Baku region, Shirvan rug. Second half 19thC. 254 x 152cm.
A harmonious complex boteh pattern decorates the field, surrounding a light-coloured step sided medallion which is partially repeated in the quadrants. Pairs of S-chain and blossom meanders enclose the main diagonal stripe border. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 122/ page 396

Estimate: $1,700 - $3,500

0031

A superb Kadim Gyanja runner. Dated 1895, 304 x 151cm.
Dated 1895 and bearing an inscription with alternate translations of the text provided to Ulmke by two scholars (see scan of page 402 in images with this lot). All wool. Decorated with five and a half variously shaped göels patterned with horses, feather and amulet ornaments. Framed by a chain braid between smaller carnation chains. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 125/ page 402

Estimate: $2,700 - $5,500

0032

A Kadim Gyanja rug. 19th century. 260 x 132cm.
Old Minaret (Qədim minarə) design, also known as a keyhole design, with joined square and octagonal panels to the centre outlined by comb/feather motifs. Framed by a broad 'crab motif border. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 127/ page 406 Cf. bonhams.com/auctions/17877/lot/18/?category=list&length=12&page=2

Estimate: $1,400 - $2,800

0033

A Mihrabi Gyanja prayer rug. Second half 19thC. 158 x 85cm.
The prayer gable the only indication as to its use as a prayer rug, the field with two large vine meander patterns, framed by an old ivory ground border patterned with octagons. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 136/ page 424

Estimate: $500 - $1,200

0034

A Kedabek, Gyanja rug. Dated 1914. 285 x 155cm
Inscribed in a cartouche in Armenian 'Maya Borosian the grocer' and with Gregorian date 1914. With stepped prayer gables to either end framing polygonal and rectangular medallions on a clear blue field with few small geometric motifs. The border of 'crab' motifs. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 143/ page 438

Estimate: $1,600 - $3,200

0035

A Swastika Kazak rug. Late 19thC. 247 x 167cm.
A Kazak with twin diagonal cruciforms surrounded by seven of the unique 'pinwheel' swastikas with irregularly numbered and shaped arms. The classic archaic Caucasian pattern. All wool. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 148/ page 448 Cf. bausback.de/en/caucasus-carpet/swasteka-70725

Estimate: $1,400 - $2,800

0036

A Mihrabi Salakhly (so called Borchalou Kazak) prayer rug. 182 x 135cm.
All wool. With two diamond medallions outlined with quills and crests, other geometric motifs and interim stripes indicating the direction of placement of the rug. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 155/ page 462

Estimate: $500 - $1,000

0037

A Shikhly, Kazak rug. First quarter 20thC. 235 x 132cm.
Ulmke's authors in other references to this pattern report Kerimov, et al referring to the central medallion as a water cistern (hooz) and the six surrounding motifs as plane trees (chinar), whilst noting the unusual blue colour of the former. The main border incorporates ram motifs. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 158/ page 468

Estimate: $1,100 - $2,000

0038

A Kaimagly (Lambalo Kazak), Kazak rug. Dated 1342 = 1923. 254 x 162cm
Decorated with five diamond medallions flanked by vane-swastika motifs, dated in the upper right field below an inscription that could read khatun/xatun (mistress/lady). Framed by six borders and fine narrow strips. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 162/ page 476

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000

0039

A Kaimagly (Lambalo Kazak), Kazak rug, circa 1900. 245 x 138cm
A large plum red field with quadrants of blue green, decorated with twenty-one small medallions. Framed by a pomegranate meander white ground border and further geometric borders. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 163/ page 478

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

0040

A Kaimagly (so called Lambalo Kazak), Kazak rug. Second half 19thC. 325 x 190cm.
The rich red field with quadrants of sea blue green, decorated with ten medallions with fine stemmed blooms, reflecting in the similar pomegranate meander white ground border. In all six border stripes frame the field. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 164/ page 480

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

0041

A Kaimagly (Lambalo Kazak), Kazak rug, circa 1900. 400 x 198cm
A large carpet with red field with quadrants of blue green, decorated with diamond medallions. Framed by a pomegranate meander white ground border and further geometric borders. Provenance: The Ulmke Collection, Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

0042

A Kaimagly (so called Lambalo Kazak), Kazak rug. First quarter 20thC. 350 x 186cm
The field with sea blue quadrants, decorated with a central medallion enclosing four stars flanked by two pendant medallions, With six border stripes framing the field including a pomegranate meander on a white ground. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 165/ page 482

Estimate: $1,400 - $2,800

0043

A Mihrabi Geychelli (Fakhraly Kazak) prayer rug. Late 19thC. 172 x 120cm.
An attractively coloured Kazak with the prayer niche defined by a stripe patterned with rosettes and leaves, decorated with a central ivory coloured medallion. The main 'wineglass' border with a conforming ivory background, further framed by narrower stripes. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 168/ page 488

Estimate: $700 - $1,400

0044

An Agajly Geychely (Tree Kazak) runner. Last quarter 19thC. 350 x 174cm.
With a sparse open pattern of four trees, one above the other, along with occasional rosettes and cross motifs on a red field. Framed by three candelabra and beetle borders. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 169/ page 490

Estimate: $1,600 - $3,200

0045

A Demirchiler, Kazak prayer rug. Last quarter 19thC. 245 x 134cm.
Demirchiler tribe, Southern Kazak, Tovuz district. The mihrab enclosed with a zig-zag outline, the blue centre with hooked and rosette motifs. The hook designs repeated outside on the red field. Framed by a classic 'mashaal' border. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 172/ page 496

Estimate: $800 - $1,600

0046

A Oisuzlu (so-called Borchalou Kazak) runner. First quarter 20thC. 382 x 160cm.
With a long, narrow field patterned with thirteen medallions framed by a striking zigzag of reciprocal hooked bands in black, blue, brown white and red. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 176/ page 504

Estimate: $2,400 - $4,800

0047

A Borchalou, Kazak rug Late 19thC. 198 x 156cm.
With three latch hook outlined hexagonal medallions enclosing cruciform horned motifs with small flag tendrils, on a red field with scattered motifs bordered by alternating hexagons and four arrowhead crosses. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 178/ page 508

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

0048

A Kachagan, (Borchalu district) Kazak runner. c.1880. 344 x 157cm.
With six step-sided medallions on a dark field, an unusual decorative element of half of the field ornamented with small geometric motifs and the other half devoid of ornamentation. Framed by 'mashaal' (candelabra/wineglass) border and outer border of red/blue crenels. All wool. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 183/ page 518

Estimate: $1,800 - $3,600

0049

A Lembeli Kazak. Circa 1900. 297 x 134cm
An antique rug known as Lembeli or Lori Pambak (referencing the disestablished Azerbaijan village of the Borchaly region, now in Armenia) with three identically large göels on a red field, framed by a pomegranate border between two rosette stripes. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 184/ page 520

Estimate: $2,000 - $40,000

0050

A Lembeli (so-called Lori Pambak), Kazak. Circa 1900. 260 x 200cm
With a giant göel (lake) enclosing a cross surrounded by horn and arrowhead motifs. Two hexagons with conforming hook outline complete the main design. An idiosyncratic representation of the weaver depicted lower right. Framed by a triple border Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 185/ page 522

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

0051

A Nakhichevan, Karabakh rug. Early 20thC. 215 x 135cm
A harmoniously coloured and patterned all wool carpet, decorated with palmettes in a diagonal layout running top left to bottom right. Framed by a complex structured chain meander border. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 188/ page 528

Estimate: $1,200 - $2,400

0052

An Goradiz (Horadiz), Karabakh 'buynuz' runner. Beginning of the 20thC. 299 x 135cm.
With a balanced design of ten horizontal rows of 'buynuz' (bull's horn) and 'boteh' motifs inclined alternating to left and right and interspersed with quadruple ram's horn stack motifs. Framed by a meander vine border and outlined by reciprocal triangles. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 191/ page 534

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

0053

A Daryanur, Karabakh runner. First third of the 20thC. 318 x 144cm.
With design similarities to Kuba, the three conjoined medallions and appendages on a brownish-red field populated with ram motifs, outlined by a diagonal quilled frame. Quarter medallions appear in the quadrants. Framed by three various border designs and slender stripes. All wool Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 192/ page 536 Azerbaijan Carpet II, Kerimov, Latif, Baku 1983, Russian/English. ill. 125, page 176

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

0054

A Lemberan, Karabakh rug. Last quarter of 19thC. 270 x 165cm
All wool. With pale field decorated with three massive blue ground medallions enclosing göels outlined with elongated hooks in red and white. The surrounding field with manifold boteh motifs. The main border of an S-hook chain. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 193/ page 538

Estimate: $1,900 - $3,800

0055

A Chelaberd (Eagle Kazak) Karabakh rug. First half 20thC. 266 x 133cm.
All wool construction. The midnight blue field with abrash dye variation, patterned with three giant medallions in unusual colours. The 'eagle' characterisation due to the resemblance of the medallions to the double-headed eagle of the Russian coat of arms. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 195/ page 542

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,600

0056

A Chelebi/Chelaberd (Eagle Kazak) Karabakh rug. Second half 19thC. 234 x 168cm
Decorated with the adler or eagle crest medallion characteristic of these rugs, with complementary swags above and below, along with a scattering of animal and geometric motifs. Framed by a 'crab' border. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 197/ page 546. Cf. 'Teppiche Aus Dem Kaukasus', Shurmann, Ulrich; USA 1964, similar ill. 28, page 112.

Estimate: $1,600 - $3,200

0057

An Alikhanly Kuba rug. Dated 1914. 146 x 102cm
With a central axis of three medallions, flanked by four half-medallions to either side, on a midnight blue ground. Framed by a running dog motif border Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (1+) 'Of great historical and cultural value and very rare'. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 23/ page 198

Estimate: $900 - $1,800

0058

A Jebrail, Karabakh runner. Dated 1906 and named. 290 x 128cm.
The cartouche in the upper border with Hijri date 1324 = 1906 and named Begum Solomon ('begum' the honorific of a royal or aristocratic woman, possibly the wife of a 'beg'). The vertical axis of five hexagons outlined with plumed bezels. The 'wineglass' border enriched by star motifs, between rosette and meander stripes. Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (1) 'Of great historical and cultural value and rare'. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 200/ page 552

Estimate: $1,800 - $3,600

0059

A Mokan, Karabakh runner. Dated 1301 = 1884. 330 x 142cm.
With seven octagonal göels on the long axis surrounded by a plethora of ornaments, notably shields patterned with boteh, animals, rosettes and stars. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 205/ page 562

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

0060

A Talysh, Karabakh runner. Around 1880. 303 x 117cm.
The long field entirely decorated with rows of 180 'kurbaghe' (frog) motifs on a pistachio-green ground, framed by a refined rosette and blossom border between meander vines. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 210/ page 572

Estimate: $1,200 - $2,400

0061

A Talysh (Jebrail district), Karabakh runner. End of the 19thC. 357 x 97cm.
A well decorated piece, with boteh in three vertical rows with colour theme patterned on the diagonal. Framed by a border of Talysh rosettes and reciprocal arrowheads. Wool pile on camel hair warp, wool/cotton weft. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 213/ page 578

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

0062

A Malybailey (Cloud Band Kazak), Karabakh runner. Circa 1900. 268 x 114cm.
With three octagonal göels enclosing the classic cloud bands, on a red field with multiple boteh motifs. The octagons with pounces (claws of birds of prey) issuing from each. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 220/ page 592

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000

0063

A Lyampa (Shusha District), Karabakh runner. Early 20thC. 270 x 126cm.
Large medallions and pendant appendages decorate the central axis framed by four mirrored pairs of parrots and scattered rosettes. Prof. Kerimov interpreted the white toothed figures in the corners as skeletons of some unknown animal. He reported the name Lyampa refers to an ornamented ceiling from which a chandelier is hung. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 221/ page 594

Estimate: $1,800 - $3,400

0064

A Bagchadagyullar, Shusha district, Karabakh runner. First half 20thC. 425 x 195cm
A large all wool carpet with the addition of some camel hair. The pattern Bagchadagyullar translates as flowers in the garden. Decorated with four step sided medallions surrounded by a multitude of various 'buta' (boteh) and animal motifs in harmonious colours on a midnight-blue field Designated by Professor Letif Kerimov in an appraisal as (1+) 'Of great historical and cultural value and very rare'. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 222/ page 596

Estimate: $2,800 - $5,500

0065

A large Gulmekhmer pattern Karabakh carpet. Beginning of the 20thC. 565 x 203cm.
Proposed by Professor Kerimov as being the central carpet of a 'dest khali-gebe' set. The pattern of 'gul' (flower) 'mekhmer' (velvet) hence velvet-flower, a profusion of complex design. Framed by a broad 'herati' border between narrower bands. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 223/ page 598

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,500

0066

A Shadda flatweave, Karabakh rug. Beginning of the 20thC. 190 x 122cm
Probably from the Agdam area. Plain soumak weave, decorated with nine large comb tailed horses with smaller herd animals sheltering beneath their flanks amongst scattered rosettes and other motifs. The triple border incorporates variants of an S-hook motif. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 230/ page 612

Estimate: $500 - $1,000

0067

A Verni (so-called Zili), Karabakh flatweave. Late 19thC. 278 x 224cm.
Kerimov notes this traditional pattern "...which resemble the Latin letter 'S'...The dragon symbolises water in excess", repeated in large format across the entire rug alternating with a white or blue background, enclosing multiple small-s motifs. Made in two sections sewn together. Literature: Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs (The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland) Cat. No. 231/ page 614 and page 65

Estimate: $900 - $1,800

0068

A Mihrabi Fakhraby, Gyanja Prayer rug. First quarter 20thC.123 x 169cm
The mihrab niche, formed by tak gable top and pedestal base, decorated with one central medallion and other geometric ornament, framed by a main 'wineglass' border. Provenance: The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland, Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs

Estimate: $900 - $2,000

0069

A small Soumak textile panel. 117 x 52cm.
With four medallions across its width in a band, framed by a 'marshaal' border between narrower bands. Provenance: The Ulmke Collection, Switzerland, Azerbaijani-Caucasian Rugs

Estimate: $150 - $300

0070

1 Book: Azerbaidjanisch-Kaukasische Teppiche / Sammlung Ulmke aus der Schweiz.
Azadi, Siawosch, Kerimov und Zollinger. 2001. The German language edition of the Ulmke Collection

Estimate: $50 - $100

0071

7 Books/Publications: Oriental/Caucasian Rugs (in English),
Caucasian Rugs by Raymond Benardout Early Caucasian Rugs by Charles Grant Ellis Oriental Rugs, Vol. 1 Caucasian by Ian Bennett Oriental Rugs from Pacific Collections by Murray Eiland Caucasian Carpets - Lefevre & Partners, London Rugs & Carpets from the Caucasus by Kerimov, Stepanian, Grigoliya & Tsitsihvili Kazak by Raoul Tschebull (into by J.V. McMullen) Don't forget to smell the flowers... Portraits of J.V. McMullen

Estimate: $140 - $200

0072

8 Books/Publications: Oriental/Caucasian Rugs (in English)
The Undiscovered Kilim by David Black Oriental Carpets Gabbeh by P. Tanavoli and S. Amanolahi Rugs and Flatweaves of the Transcaucasus by Richard E. Wright Caucasian Carpets by E. Gans-Ruedin Oriental Rugs from Pacific Collections by Murray Eiland Caucasian Rugs of Yesterday by Nicolas Fokker Early Caucasian Rugs by Charles Grant Ellis Early Caucasian Carpets in Turkey by Şerare Yetkin

Estimate: $140 - $200

0073

11 Books/Publications Oriental/Caucasian Rugs (in German)
Morgenländische Teppiche by O. Ropers Teppich Atlas Türkei · Kaukasus by S.A. Milhofer Alte Orientteppiche by M. Volkmann Teppiche Aus Dem Kaukasus by U. Sherman n Orientteppiche Battenberg Kataloge Kaukasische Teppiche by Doris Eder Mystik der Gab-beh by S. Azardi Antike Orientteppiche Knüpfkunst - Bausback Kaukasische Teppiche by Doris Eder - Aurora Kunstverlag, Leningrad Kultur der Turkmen by A Rautenstengel and S. Azardi (limited edt 55/500, signed by authors) Orientteppiche der Sonderklasse - Teppiche Engelhardt Kaukasische Märchen by V. Englisch

Estimate: $140 - $220

0074

9 BOOKS: 'SELTENE ORIENTTEPPICHE' by EBERHART HERRMANN (ENGLSIH/GERMAN)
Nine volumes: 'Seltene Orientteppiche' by Eberhart Herrmann (English/German)

Estimate: $100 - $200

0075

29 HALI MAGAZINES (INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ORIENTAL CARPETS & TEXTILES)
29 Hali Magazines (International Journal of Oriental Carpets & Textiles)

Estimate: $90 - $150