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Summer doldrum’s are in full swing !



Netherhampton Salesroom’s , Salibury , U.K. has just posted the new catalogue for their upcoming rug, carpet and textile auction scheduled on July 13th. As usual it’s a substantial offering featuring approximately 341 lots from most all the oriental carpet weaving areas . Unfortunately they have not included anything in the way of a standout item of any type in the sale inventory . Just another large selection of mid to low end shop type stock however if your a dealer looking to add common affordable merchandise to your inventory or a beginning collector looking for bargains this just may be the opportunity your looking for. One other thing worth noting they still have not posted the results from their previous May 18th auction . Poor sales , total disaster , who knows , no one but Ms Barrett and staff ?



The beginning of another long party weekend !




Independence Day !


A dark day in American History !


If you have not already heard , Austiria Auction Co of Vienna , Austria has another summer house cleaning sale scheduled on July 21.This time around the inventory consist of 196 lots of all manner of rugs , carpets and textiles . Regrettably nothing in the way of a stellar item included in the group to inflame the rug world , just a decent selection of mid to low end entry level variety items with fairly realistic opening bid points . That said its a diverse assortment so it’s worth your time to take a quick look , who knows , if you don’t look you won’t know  !



The results from today’s “McInnes” on site auction in Hopedale , Ma. are live ” on the line” now and from a rug standpoint it went very well for them. Out of the 22 rug lots run across the podium only 2 failed to find new homes . Granted there was nothing worth mentioning in the group and they sold for very conservative numbers but as I always say from a rug dealers standpoint the best rug is a sold rug so inexpensive or not , sold is sold.

Now for the high point of the weavings offered .

Lot # 40 , Northwest Coast Chilkat dance blanket which I featured in the previous blog post and that carried a pre- sale estimate $6 – 10,000.00 ended up selling for a very respectable $ 32,000.00 . This figure is according to Liveauctioneer’s so I don’t think it includes the juice. Although not an oriental item still a nice upside pop for the consigner and certainly worth a line or two !


More current auction news featuring rugs and carpets.

The Cobb’s sale in Peterbourgh , N.H. in the books now and as far as the rugs included in the inventory go everything except two pieces ended up selling . This was another none descript group except for the one lot I featured in the previous post .

Lot # 29 , Arabatchi Ensi , pre – sale estimate $ 250-400.00 , (sic) , which ended up selling for $ 3,750.00 . Again this is an “invaluable” posted figure so I don’t think it includes the comm. I will say this about the price fetched . I had the feeling the piece may have synthetic dyes and other people mentioned this possibility to me too. Since the price fetched is on the moderate side if the colors aren’t good it could only mean the buyer missed this however if infact all the colors are natural then he or she could have made a very savvy purchase  !


Out of town visitors ..


Do not mistake age for lack of knowledge or stupidly ! And “no” people NEVER speak to me in that manner !, Sheik Frederich , 2016.


Song o the week , Lone Justice , Sweet , Sweet Baby (I’m Falling) on Lone Justice , 1985 ,


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