This October’s sale of Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets presents a selection of rare and beautiful objects, paintings and manuscripts from across the Islamic and Indian Worlds. Highlights include three royal works on paper which exemplify the virtuosity of the art of the book in 15th century Persia- two Nahj al-Faradis ‘Pathways to Heavens’ folios written in rare Uyghur text which are known for their fantastic stories and dramatic pictures; and a recently discovered Divan manuscript made for the Qaraquyunlu prince Pir Budaq. Further important works of art include an opulent 14th century Mamluk Qur’an and 76 folios from an impressively large late 8th century Kufic Qur’an section.
The sale also features a splendid 16th century Ottoman tombak helmet and an intricate mother-of-pearl inlaid casket from Western India. Important private collections include a selection of 19th century Qajar works of art and two groups of magnificent Indian jewelled objects.
In addition, there is a fascinating selection of early classical Oriental rugs and carpets from the Safavid and Ottoman empires, including a 14th century fragment from the Mongol period and a rare 16th century Damascus ‘Chequerboard’ rug. An intriguing silk polyptych Samarkand carpet, one of only three known of this design, has a cryptic past and an imposing late 19th century Agra carpet, has jewel-like colours which echo the former grandeur of the Maharaja’s courts of the Mughal empire.