Please note that the lots of Iranian origin are subject to U.S. trade restrictions which currently prohibit the import into the United States. Similar restrictions may apply in other countries.
THE MAHARAJA'S CARPETS
The following fourteen carpets are the core of a group of carpets that Abdi Roubeni purchased in London in the late 1960s. When he purchased them he was told that they came from the collection of His Highness Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala. Bhupinder Singh was the fabled maharaja, one of the richest men in the world, who amongst many other displays of wealth commissioned the most opulent diamond necklace that Cartier ever created (Katherine Prior and John Adamson, Maharaja's Jewels, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 2000, pp.164-5). He commissioned numerous Rolls Royce cars after a notorious initial falling out with the company, and was the first man in India to own an airplane. He was known for his construction of palaces and it is presumably for one or more of these that the present carpets were purchased. It is even possible that some or all of these carpets were sold to the maharaja by Haji Aga Eliasoff. This is Abdi Roubeni's uncle who had moved to India decades earlier than Abdi and whose company had sold carpets to many of the maharajas including Patiala. Unfortunately no records survive on either side of this exchange so we cannot be certain.