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In 2011, for the first time, the Auction House decided to realize two specific sales completely dedicated to ancient carpets, with a huge success in terms of public and sale results, since more than 270 pieces were sold for a total over 300,000 euros.
Catchy estimates, together with a good selection of the items, were the basis for the success of these sales, addressed not only to people wishing to make a good investment, but also to those who love enriching their home with the character and taste that only ancient manufactures can give. The items included pieces for everybody, from Oriental to European carpets, from Anatolic and Caucasian to Chinese and Persian carpets of the end of the 19th century, with pieces of furniture or collector’s item. Among the best adjudications, it is worth mentioning a large Kirman Laver carpet with pink background dated 18th century, sold for 16,500 euros, and an Aubusson carpet with central medallion, sold for 10,600 euros.
The carpet is linked to the culture of numerous populations sedentary and nomadic, different for religion, origin and cultural background. It is used in the houses as a decoration and definition of the spaces and their use; within nomadic tents, carpets are hanged as a defence against the outside temperature, both in summer and winter, and as places where to put objects and to transport goods. Within a carpet, there is a story to be read through its decorations, symbols, colours and, sometimes, also its wear and tear, identifying their origin.
Eighty carpets will be put on sale during the Antiques Auction in February.
These will mainly be pieces of furniture, while most prestigious items will be put for sale in a dedicated auction in April.
Among the most interesting carpets, it is worth mentioning a carpet coming from the North-Western Persia of the 19th century with an estimate of 15,000-18,000 euros, a Portuguese carpet of the beginning of the 20th century with an estimate of 6,000-7,000 euros, and a Persian Malayer carpet with an estimate of 4,500-5,000 euros.


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