Auction PR Publicity Announcements News and Information
Auction PR Publicity Announcements News and Information


BOSTON, Mass. – – Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, today announced it will host an auction of Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets at its Boston gallery, located at 63 Park Plaza, on Saturday, May 9th at noon. More than 300 lots, including 50 room-sized carpets, will be offered with palates, patterns and prices to suit every kind of buyer.

oriental-rug.jpgPersian rugs
Featured Persian rugs include a number of weavings from the Northwest such as two Serapis (lot 115, est. $8/10,000 and lot 139, est. $15/20,000); a Bidjar rug, runner and carpet (lots 58, 60 and 114, $4/600, $6/8,000, and $7/9,000, respectively); a Bahkshaish rug (lot 85 $3/4,000) from the last quarter of the 19th century; a Shahsavan Soumak bagface (lot 47, est. $1,5/2,000); a Shahsavan Soumak cargo bag panel (lot 49, est. $2/3,000); a room-size Bahkshaish carpet (lot 111, est. $3/5,000); and a Tabriz silk rug (lot 81, est. $7/9,000).

From other parts of Persian is a Kerman saddle cover from the Southeast (lot 105, est. $3/4,000) and a Qashqai rug from the Southwest (lot 133, est. $3/4,000). Representing the West is a room-sized Sultanabad (lot 138, est. $3/5,000) and a Fereghan-Sarouk prayer rug (lot 59, est. $5/7,000) from the late 19th century.

Caucasian weavings
A wide and varied selection comes from around Caucasus. From the South comes two Armenian Karabagh long rugs, both from the late 19th century (lot 69, est. $3,5/4,500 and lot 125, est. $8/10,000). Northeast highlights include three Seichour rugs (lots 126, 129, 137, $6/8,000, $15/20,000, and $10/12,000, respectively); a Soumak from the last quarter o the 19th century (lot 67, est. $3,5/4,500); a Kubu long rug (lot 98, est. $5/7,000); another Kuba rug (lot 127, est. $7/9,000); and a dragon Soumak carpet (lot 117, est. $10/15,000). Several Kazaks from the second half of the 19th century will be featured (lots 61, 123, 124, est. $6/8,000, $5/7,000, $2,5/3,500, respectively) as well as a Sewan Kazak rug (lot 1, est. $2/3,000); a Karachoph Kazak (lot 91, est. $4/6,000); and a Karachoph Kazak long rug (log 121, est. $6/8,000). Rounding out the Caucasian offerings is an Akstafa prayer rug (lot 151, est. $2,5/3,500) and a Talish long rug (lot 35, est. $5/7,000) both from the Southeast, last quarter of the 19th century.

Anatolian rugs
From Central Anatolia is a Konya prayer rug (lot 39, est. $2,300) and a Konya Kelim (lot 119, est. $4/5,000). Highlights from the West include a Ghiordes prayer rug (lot 54, est. $2/3,000); a Ushak carpet (lot 136, est. $8/10,000); and a Bergama rug (lot 53, est. $4/5,000). An Anatolain Saf from the second half of the 19th century (lot 120, $1,5/2,000) enhances the offerings.

Indian offerings
Finally, two featured Agra carpets from India grace the sale (lot 25, est. $5/7,000 and lot 140, est. $25/30,000). Also being offered is an interesting Indian rug from Central Persia, third quarter of the 19th century (lot 135, est. $5/7,000).

Skinner-Live! Online Bidding on Skinner’s Website
Skinner’s website now features real-time online bidding via the SkinnerLive! bid applet. Visit and click on the blue Skinner Live Bidding button for full instructions prior to the auction. The blue Skinner Live Bidding button can be found under the Buy/Sell tab on our homepage and on the Rugs department page. Once pre-registered on our website, you can join in the live bidding as soon as the auction begins. All lots in the auction are also available for viewing at The website provides full-color thumbnail images and full lot descriptions. It allows users to leave bids online, and view prices realized in real-time during and after the auction. Visit to sign up for our free eZine of upcoming arts & antiques auctions and events.

Catalog and Preview Information
Previews for the auction will be held on Thursday, May 7th 2 to 5 p.m.; Friday, May 8th from 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 9 to 11 a.m. Illustrated catalog #2457 is available for $9, $11 by mail from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. For more information, call 617-350-5400, or visit

Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, and order catalogs online.