New Rug for a New Year

So its back to work and here at David J.Wilkins Oriental rug experts, we are looking forward to a busy 2018. The warehouse at Staples Corner London is fully stocked with fine Oriental rugs and carpets of all sizes and origins. So why not make 2018, the year you purchase that special Oriental rug or fine Persian carpet, just give us a call to discuss your requirements and arrange an appointment at your convenience. www.orientalrugexperts.com Tel: 0207 722 7608
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Christmas opening times at Oriental Rug Experts London

Dear Customers, We would like to advise all our customers that David J.Wilkins Oriental rugs will be open at our warehouse at Staples Corner London, right up to Friday 22nd of December, and by special arrangement on Saturday 23rd, also by appointment in between Christmas and the New Year from 27th-30th of December. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers, and wish them a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year www.orientalrugexperts.com. Stockholms Auktionsverk's Fine Art & Antique auction will take place on Tuesday 12th December 2017. The sale features a wide range of fine Oriental rugs and carpets from Persia, the Caucasus, Turkey and China. One of the highlights is a Persian Farahan silk carpet, an antique Persian Ziegler Mahal rug, a Persian antique Karabagh Kelleh and a antique Bakhshaish rug. Several silk Hereke  and Qum rugs also are up for sale along with some 17th century Flemish tapestries. A Khotan carpet included in the auction was owned by Nils Ambolt, who took part in the last expedition of Swedish explorer Seven Hedin. This expedition went to Central Asia, western China and northern Tibet during 1927-1933.
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London’s Successful Oriental Rug & Carpet Auctions

On the 7th November 2017 at Sotheby's London, we saw one of the most successful Oriental rug & carpet auctions of recent times. The prestigious rug collection of Professor Christopher Alexander came up for sale at this dedicated rug auction. All of the rugs sold exceptionally well, with most of the lots being purchased by telephone bidders from New York after aggressive competition. The first Alexander rug was a lot 7 (est. £7,000-£9,000), a 17th century red ground Konya fragment that tripled its mid-estimate at £23,750, and then lot 8 (est. £1,400-£1,800), another fragment which reached £10,000. It would be brave to assume this is a resurgence in the Antique Oriental rug market here in London, but the signs are encouraging. And back on terraferma, London's Oriental rug experts are continuing to see steady growth in Oriental rug and Persian carpet market. David J.Wilkins Oriental rugs, are finding that the Saturday opening at the Oriental Rug Centre London are proving to be particularly popular. www.orientalrugexperts.com
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Sunday opening by special arrangement at London’s Oriental Rug Centre

David J.Wilkins Oriental rug experts have posted on there website that London's Oriental rug centre can be accessed by special arrangement on Sundays. This will benefit those customers who only have time to visit on Sunday's, but as you would expect this service would not be for the customer only in the market for an Afghan Balouch rug. www.orientalrugexperts.com. Rippon Boswell & Co are holding there major Autumn Oriental rug & carpet sale on the 25th November 2017 at Wiesbaden. The top lot is expected to be a Turkmen Salor carpet circa 1800 (lot 109). Also Henry's Auktionshaus will be holding there auction of Antique and Decorative rugs and carpets on the 9th December 2017 in Mutterstadt. And back in London, Chiswick Auctions are holding there fine Oriental carpets & rugs sale on the 29th November 2017. The sale's star piece is a fine part silk Persian Tabriz carpet, also an antique Peking carpet and a very fine Moshtashem Kashan rug.
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Sir William Burrell Tapestry collection

During his whole life, Glasgow shipping magnate Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) acquired some 200 European, mainly medieval, tapestries, building one of the largest and most important collections of its kind in the world. Over a period of 60 years, he and his wife Constance extensively decorated their homes with tapestries hung or mounted on the walls. Examples of these works are currently on show in 'Burrell at Kelvingrove: Tapestries; giving the public a rare opportunity to see medieval and Renaissance works from circa 1350-1725, including two which have not been on public display since 1901. The display is a benchmark for future research and interpretation of tapestries of the period. The exhibition follows the publication of the volume Tapestries from the Burrell Collection, a comprehensive and richly illustrated catalogue of the whole collection. Although cataloguing first began in the 1940s, it was not until 2008 that the work could be resumed in full by a team of experts from the museum and the University of Glasgow, who photographed and assessed the collection of all 200 tapestries, but also researched the provenance and exhibition histories of each piece. The third instalment of Sotheby's Rugs & Carpets sale in London covers a wide range of collecting areas. The sale is championed by twenty-two works from the renowned collection of architect and theorist Christopher Alexander. Of these colourful, archaic pieces the most recognizable perhaps is the fabled so-called Pink Panther. Also included are classical rugs and carpets from a North American collector.
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Kum Kapi rugs from the Arkas Collection

An exhibition of Kum Kapi rugs from the Arkas Collection opened on the 5th October 2017 at the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (TIEM) in Istanbul, as part of the 2nd annual Istanbul Carpet Week organised by Istanbul Carpet Exporters'Association (IHIB). Showcasing 32 fine Kum Kapi rugs by masters like Hagop Kapoudjian, Zareh Penyamin, Tosunyan and Garabed Apelyan, woven between the 16th and 20th centuries, this is the first exhibition to focus on this subject and to draw international attention to the largest collection of Kum Kapi rugs in the world. The late British painter and print maker Sir Howard Hodgkin, whose wide ranging collection is to be auctioned by Sotheby's London on Tuesday 24th October 2017. Among his possessions are numerous fragments of Persian and Oriental carpets and rugs and textiles as well as European tapestries, almost all of them properly mounted.
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Antique rugs and carpets arriving at London’s Oriental Rug Centre

We have until recently been dividing the rugs  between the two Oriental rug centre's. But we have now started to stock additional Antique rugs and carpets at the Staples corner warehouse in London's NW2. We have just received some new stock including a wonderful Antique Persian Sarouk rug size 2.03m x 1.35m, which is in great condition for its age and some magnificent Antique Persian Feraghan rugs. Skinners's Auction in Boston will be holding there fine Oriental rug and textile sale on 23rd October 2017. It features a private collection which includes a number of early Ottoman velvets and embroideries, early Chinese kesi and embroideries, and some first rate suzanis. there is also some outstanding Caucasian rugs and Persian Feraghan and Sarouk carpets, most of which come from estates and are unreserved.
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Unusual grey ground Persian Nain carpet

We have reconfigured the Oriental rug warehouse at Staples corner London, this is to accommodate the new stock and make it easier for customers to view the huge selection of oriental rugs and carpets. We have even opened the largest carpets which were normally folded and difficult to view, but these super size carpets up to 6m x 4m can now be easily seen. We have just received a very unusual fine Persian Nain carpet size 3m x 2m, with a grey ground, please look at our social media outlets and website gallery to see this unusual carpet. www.orientalrugexperts.com
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The new stock of Persian rugs and carpets arrives in London

We have taken delivery of a large shipment of Oriental rugs and carpets including some wonderful Persian examples. The warehouse at London's Staples Corner is full of eastern promise, and with the expertise of David J.Wilkins Oriental rugs, we will assure you find that perfect Oriental rug for your home. And don't forget we are open from Monday to Saturday so please give us a call to discuss your requirements Tel:0207 722 7608 www.orientalrugexperts.com The Oriental rug and carpet trade shows are well underway, with shows in New York and La Pila Sartirana also Istanbul. The big auctions in London and Vienna will also be held from this month up until the New Year.
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Early Autumn Interior projects

The Autumn Interior projects  seem to have started early, with London's Oriental rug and carpet market ending the summer with a flurry of activity. Maybe its due to August being some what cooler than normal. London's Oriental Rug Centre at Staples corner has great selection, with new stock expected very soon. David J.Wilkins Oriental rug experts is expecting a busy autumn and winter, with the trend leaning towards stronger colours and traditional Persian designs. Meanwhile across the pond The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery opened at the Dallas Museum of Art on 18th April 2017, with a long term installation in a new purpose designed space dedicated to Islamic art. The new installation features more than 100 works from the Keir Collection, including a substantial number that have never previously been exhibited.
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