What should you think about if you want to start collecting carpets?
– If you're going to start collecting carpets, you should think about the space you have. Before buying a carpet, you should measure the surface it's going to be on so that it doesn't become too big or too petite. Maybe you want to divide the room into "islands" and buy a slightly smaller rug or have a large carpet that connects the room. Then it would help if you thought about the colours. You may have a favourite sofa that you want to match it with, then bring a fabric sample and compare it with the colours in the carpet. And also, ask the specialists if the carpet may hold a massive dining table or even a grand piano.
What makes carpets and textiles so interesting to you?
– I would have a hard time living without carpets and textiles - they give such a feeling of warmth. I also like the structure and that it gives a slightly three-dimensional feeling. I have carpets on both walls and floors at home
This bridal bed cover goes straight into my heart with its lovely rococo decoration, its beautiful colours, provenance and in this context good condition. Sweden is known for its fine knotted pile bed covers; it is known that at least during the Middle Ages, the bed covers were made here. It was practical both on land and at sea to keep you warm. There were times when you paid tax with it or its material, what an excellent idea! There were more uncomplicated everyday bed covers and then bed covers, like this one, which were placed on the bed as decoration on special occasions.
This knotted pile comes from wonderful Hälsingland where they have taken care to preserve the beautiful farms with original paintings and kept objects. Sweden has a rich treasure of folk textiles which is also represented at the auction in three lots from Scania around the 1830s.
Who would not want this lush landscape to light up the winter darkness? A woven tapestry from 17th century Flanders with a magnificent border. Tapestries give both a figurative and literal warmth to an environment, and they were not only made for the viewer to enjoy but also to provide protection against the cold and perhaps damp walls.
These tapestries were some of the most expensive objects you could order for your castle or manor house. If you had several farms and switched between houses, the tapestries were often sent in advance to be hung up at the next place you were going to. Bukowskis has two tapestries this time, both from Flanders' 17th century woven in wool and silk.
Explore the tapestry weave
I love jewellery, and this time the department of carpets and textiles really has a jewel; an antique silk rug, a Kum Kapi with metal brooches from Istanbul around 1910. The pattern is called Sultan’s Head Prayer design. A rare type of carpet in the Swedish trade. The quality is lovely with its fine silk and the different coloured metal threads — many fine patterns and inscriptions. I can't stop looking at this small carpet! (about 150 x 104 cm).
Explore the carpet
What we always like to have in our classic quality auctions is a Kashan Motachem, with other words, a carpet made in the Motachem studio in the Persian city of Kashan. Carpets from there have nice soft wool, often beautiful colours and slightly stylized floral patterns. This particular piece has a garden pattern that is unusual for Motachem rugs.
Explore the carpet
One company that manufactured carpets in the northwestern Persian city of Tabriz was PETAG (Persische Teppich AG). The company was founded in 1911 in Berlin. They became known for their fine wool, their vegetable dyes and their elegant patterns often taken from Persian 17th century carpets. They often had some "cheeky" innovative designs and colour palettes, which I like a lot. They signed their pieces with a Chintamani mark in one corner, with other words three dots in a cone-like formation.
Viewing: 4 – 9 december, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm.
Auction: 10 – 11 december, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm.