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Forbidden City carpet up for sale

The auction house "Dorotheum" in Vienna is hosting an "Imperial and Royal Carpets" auction on 26th September with a carpet from China's Forbidden City among those for sale.

More than 200 pieces from countries all over the world such as from Anatolia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Persia, China, Singapore as well as Europe will come under the hammer.

A highly anticipated museum-quality medallion carpet with peony tendrils from Beijing, China has been dated to the 17th/18th century by experts. Its age, size and rarely seen designs suggest that it comes from the Forbidden City.

Radiocarbon dating by the University of Vienna confirms the age assessment. This rare palace carpet has been estimated at a mere 5,000 to 8,000 Euros.

An inscription of another carpet indicates that it was originally commissioned by the Persian king Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar (1848-1896). The carpets value has been estimated between 30,000 and 40,000 Euros.

A silk Kumkapi from Northwest Anatolia comes up for auction at the same price level. It was knotted in the late 19th century, in the style of Ottoman palace carpets with a horseshoe-shaped mihrab niche and bears signature of the master workshop „Hagop". Its estimated value lies between 30,000 and 40,000 Euros as well.

Finally, the auction presents a collection of old and antique Persian floral carpets and a range of oversized carpets, such as a Mahal (West Persia, 19th century) with an estimated value of 5,000 – 6,000 Euros.

Vienna Times

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