SOLD for $ 790K including premium
Provenances by textile center and dates are difficult to identify. The Béhague wool carpet in Vase weaving pattern is a Kirman. The Clark specimen executed in a variant of the same knot may come from the same location.
We date from the same reign an Isfahan silk rug 231 x 170 cm which was sold for $ 4,45M including premium by Christie's on June 3, 2008. Its luminescent effect is spectacular but was certainly very difficult to achieve without a brocade.
This Isfahan is probably earlier by a few decades than the Polonaise group of carpets from Isfahan or Kashan in which threads of silver and gilt silver are skillfully mingled with white and yellow silk among patterns of other colors often over a green background.
On October 1 in New York, Sotheby's sells a Polonaise rug 208 x 135 cm which had belonged to the collection of King Umberto II and whose conservation of colors is acceptable although the metal threads have been oxidized. It is estimated $ 800K, lot 68.
The reference to Poland is not original. In Paris in the late nineteenth century, Ladislas Czartoryski is a great collector who exhibited his brocaded carpets at the 1878 Exposition Universelle. Some of these rugs include a pattern that resembles the princely coat of arms of his family and he did not oppose the legend of a Polish weaving. An example of a Czartoryski carpet is kept at the Met Museum in New York.