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It is often said that the starting point for a well-thought-out room is the floor covering. Despite the softening of demand for old-school English country house furnishings, antique carpets remain a staple of interior decoration - particularly as the polished and waxed hardwood floor is back in fashion.
A multitude of different cultural impulses and artistic endeavour nestle together under the umbrella of the carpets and rugs market. They include the finest weavings from the traditional carpet-making centres of Persia and India, the luxurious products of the Aubusson region of France and giants of both the British Arts and Crafts and the European Modernist movements
Particularly popular are the kilims, once used by tribal communities but now decorative items for the modern home, or the large carpets produced in the 19th and early 20th century for British merchants operating in the East. These designs, often a synthesis of Persian and Indian motifs, were made to Western taste that ensues today. Among the best known are the Ziegler Mahals, named after a Manchester firm that supervised the production of carpets for export in the area around the city of Arak (Sultanabad).
Sworders have also enjoyed success selling the stylish Arts and Crafts carpets and rugs woven at the Merton Abbey Mills for Morris & Co and in Donegal, Ireland. The most striking and desirable are those by influential designers such as Archibald Knox, Charles Voysey, or William Morris.
Some key things to consider when buying rugs and carpets at auction:
Sworders regularly offer rugs and carpets to suit any style or budget in our Fine Interiors, Homes & Interiors and our 20th Century & Modern Design sales. Our specialists, listed below, are always on hand and more than happy to offer advice about buying and selling at auction.
Our specialists hold regular valuation days. Please contact us for more information, or complete the online form to enquire about the valuation of your items.
Sworders are pleased to present a selection of antique and vintage textiles in our December Fine Interiors sale, including items from the collection of the late Hildegard Heygate.
4 December 2023
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Emma Barnett has been appointed as Head of Department with responsibility for the future development of our Homes and Interiors sales – Emma has been with Sworders for some time, but as she now moves into this pivotal role, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce her to you.
30 November 2023
The Fine Interiors team feel privileged that, for the third time, Sir Rod has asked us to disperse items from his family home in the Essex countryside.
29 November 2023