Kashan Persian rugs dominate Bonhams Period Design auction



2015-06-26 13:10:01

Kashan Persian rugs dominate Bonhams Period Design auction

Persian rugs from Kashan headlined the sale, along with a pair of George III mahogany chests

The growing popularity of Persian rugs was demonstrated at Bonhams' Period Design auction yesterday (February 12), where three attractive examples dominated the top sales. The rugs, all of which originate from the Kashan area, sold for 9,375 ($14,601), 7,750 ($12,086) and 6,875 ($10,707).

A silk Kashan carpet This example, made from silk, and inspired by the flora and fauna of the Kashan region, sold for 9,375

However, the top lot overall was a pair of George III mahogany chests, which sold for 15,000 ($23,359).

Kashan, now part of northern Iran, was famed for its rug production during the 17th and 18th centuries. However, it is believed that production all but ceased in the region until a resurgence in the 20th century, due to renewedWestern interest.

A Safavid dynasty Persian carpet sold for $1.9m at Sotheby's earlier this month.

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