Rapistan Review


For a change we are in a position to start the new week with a bit of fresh and interesting rug world news .

Christie’s , London has a single owner general antiquities sale titled ” From Ancient to Modern : A Distinguished Collection ” , scheduled on as one would have it on Dec. 7th that features  2 classic tapestries and 10 various rugs and carpets some of which could fall into the mid classic period . The catalog does not say who owns this collection but besides the rugs and carpets there’s a lot of other very interesting items in the group. To my eye this collector had pretty good all around taste.

Two of the carpets ( lot #’s 95 – 112 ) really caught my attention . The one I thought could be the star is posted below .


Lot # 95 , Transylvanian coupled- column prayer rug , 2nd half 17th century. Pre-sale estimate £ 20-30,000.00 . If this piece is as good in person as it is in the illustrations it’s a fairly reasonable starting point and it should do very well for the consigner , in my humble opinion. 


Bonham’s, Hong Kong held their ” Images of Devotion ” sale today and from an all over standpoint it went fairly well for them with only 15 lots out of 42 offered not finding new homes . The lot I featured in the previous post did sell right in the middle of the pre- sale estimate .

Lot # 123 , Silk & gold foil Vairocana , pre- sale est. $100-150,00.00 , sold for approx.      $128,926.00 and that is as they say that !


Two weeks till my return to the road .


Quiet on the day before .



Dec. 2 1950 , possibly one of the most noteworthy days ever !


Rippon day !

The results are in , so here we go . After well over 1,000 rugs being run across the podium in the last 60 days or so Mr Maltzahn and the Rippon rug dept. ended up with a fairly successful auction outcome today . Out of the 241 total lots offered only 84 failed to attract any attention. This works out to a sold percentage of right at 65%. Keeping in mind these are Liveauctioneer’s unaudited results and D. M. tends to work the phones on the unsold lots after the sale so the total number of items sold may increase. Not bad considering all the auction arena competition lately. The auction game has become very competitive recently with a fight going on for better pieces.

As for the sale itself this my take on how it went . Sumak bags seemed strong and Chinese items continue to sell well. There were also a few of the sought after upside surprises too. That said the weak side appeared to be Tukish kelims and “run of the mill” Caucasian carpets . In general all areas sold just some better than others .

Concerning the 2 lots I featured in the earlier post one sold one did not .

Lot # 76 , Shakhrisyabz susani , pre-sale est. , € 40,000.00 failed to sell. I really thought highly of this piece but maybe the starting bid of € 34,000.00 was just to much for the market to handle ?

Lot # 193 Jaffa Kurd bag . Pre – sale est. € 1-1,500.00 . Sold for € 1,500.00 . Right in the zone.

Out of town visitors and commerce to end the day .


More out of town visitors and commerce.


Keep in mind that just because you read it / see it on the inter-web doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true ! , Sheik Frederich , 2016 .

Song o the week, Grave Digger , Healed By Metal on Healed By Metal , 2016.

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