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 an impressive selection of inlaid metalwork, led by a magnificent silver-inlaid bronze candlestick from west Iran or Fars. Further highlights include an impressive Hijazi Qur’an folio from the collection of Doctor Jean-Michell Thierry de Crussol, and a previously unrecorded Royal painting by the Qajar court artist, Yahya Ghaffari.
The sale also includes a distinguished private European collection which encompasses Qajar oil paintings, calligraphic panels and Indian artworks, alongside a charming private collection of Iznik tiles.
The rich selection of Oriental Rugs and Carpets features a number of fascinating early examples, led by a rare Cairene prayer rug, one of only fifteen surviving, and a richly-coloured Medallion Ushak carpet, synonymous with the weavings produced in the Ottoman empire. A ruby-red Mughal carpet fragment reveals the decorative opulence of Mughal India under Shah Jahan, and a large-scale Bakhtiari carpet with a striking mosaic design displays the impressive commissions under the Persian khans.