Oriental rugs have been collected for centuries. Plato was rumoured to have been a collector. Apparently Henry Vlll and certainly Thomas Wolsey were in the 16th century. Rugs have adorned the grand houses of Europe for hundreds of years and figured prominently as backdrops to portraiture paintings of Renaissance Europe.

Carpets and rugs received renewed attention around the middle of the 19th century when enterprising merchants saw a burgeoning demand to cover European and American floors. A more highly organised commercial production sprung up in the Persian cities such as Tabriz, Kirman, Isfahan and Mashad.

Rugs were seen primarily as an adornment to western furnishings and as the epitome of good taste and fashion.

More recently from the 1970s and 80s, in a flurry of publishing, scholars, anthropologists and writers on the subject took a different approach in looking at oriental rugs from the perspective of those who made these wonderful weavings.

The focus shifted from what had become a very commercial production in the city workshops, to those earlier rugs made by the villagers and tribal nomads of Turkey, Iran and Central Asia.

It is these 19th and early 20th century carpets and rugs that have been at the core of Nomadic Rug Traders business for nigh on half a century.


Many of these rare rugs will be available at the upcoming trading stock auction at Theodore Bruces Auctioneers & Valuers.

Nomadic Rug Traders auction
Sunday 2 Jun 2024 | 2pm
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