1stbid


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1stbid deals in authentic antique and vintage hand-woven rugs and other objets d'art acquired across the globe from France to Iran, Morocco to China. Every item on offer has been hand-picked and assessed according to the discerning eye of proprietor Victor Mashihi, whose family has sold rugs & objects of Art to royalty and other select clientele since his grandfather opened a gallery in Cairo in 1916. The 1st bid collection can be viewed at gallery locations open seven days a week in Manhattan and Georgetown, Washington DC, or bid upon from the convenience of your home in monthly auctions ...Read More
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    1stbid Presents Midwinter Auction of Fine Art & Exceptional Rugs

    Tabriz, a major city in Northwest Persia near the Turkish border, is known for its classically styled antique carpets handwoven since the 15th century. These carpets have maintained high technical standards as well as a wide variety of repertoires. Antique Tabriz rugs come in every shade from brilliant rich colors to soft pastels, offering classical medallion designs and allover patterns. They are highly regarded for their quality, which distinguishes them from other Persian rugs. In the upcoming Midwinter Auction, presented by 1stbid, an antique Tabriz rug will be a key focus. The available Tabriz rug features the squinch and dome pattern depicted in Persian mosques with a highly detailed example of a radiating medallion surrounded by a series of irregular pentagons. Antique Persian rugs and carpets in the sale also include an antique Bakhtiari rug— named after the Bakhtiari nomads, native to the Zagros mountains near Isfahan. Lobed and pointed ivory medallions, with fat cartouche ivory pendants featuring tiny, abbreviated clouds, adorn this Persian rustic rug. Bakhtiari carpets are made from strong, durable wool and are among the strongest Persian rugs. Find the listed items as well as other online auctions on Bidsquare.

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    Antique Bakshayesh Heriz Rug Leads 1stbid’s New Year Auction

    Heriz rugs originated in the village of Heriz, located on the slopes of Mount Sabalan in northwest Iran. Bakshayesh rugs are tribal Heriz carpets woven since 1900. These carpets are durable and hard-wearing, and they can last for generations. The hard-wearing wool is due to traces of copper in the drinking water of sheep. An antique tribal Bakshayesh Heriz carpet is offered in New Year Auction, presented by 1stbid. The available carpet has slightly more muted palettes, like rust, straw, and lighter blues. Heriz carpets typically have coarse to moderate weaves, wool, or mixed constructions.  A well-made, antique Tabriz carpet is also available in the New Year Auction. Its ecru field and flower border display polychrome palmettes. The corners with barbed leaf edges surround an elaborate medallion central motif. The motif is surrounded by a rich red border. Tabriz carpets originated in East Azerbaijan province in Iran. Between the 12th and 16th centuries CE, the art of Tabriz carpets was at its zenith. The art is continued through Tabriz carpets while adapting to the changing taste in colors and patterns. Among European carpets available in this sale is an antique Aubusson-Beauvais pictorial French tapestry. It depicts young French friends and lovers outdoors. The Aubusson tapestry industry likely developed soon after 1300 in the Aubusson valley of central France. Find the listed items and more online auctions on Bidsquare and register to place a bid.

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    1stbid Presents Antique Silk Haji Jalili Tabriz Rug

    Haji Jalili carpets from Tabriz are known worldwide for their luxurious feel and exquisite beauty. They are characterized by their excellent weaving quality and detailed designs as well as vibrant colors. In addition to having a beautiful sheen, these magnificent antique rugs are extremely durable due to the use of silk. In the upcoming 1stbid sale, an antique silk Haji Jalili Tabriz rug will be a key highlight. Haji Jalili is credited with rejuvenating Tabriz as a global rug weaving capital through his work on antique Tabriz rugs. This rug features attached oval shapes and arabesques that encircle every four botehs. Aside from Persian carpets, the catalog provides an extensive collection of French, Belgian, and Flemish tapestries. After the work of 18th-century French court painter Charles Coypel, illustration tapestries with decorative surrounds first appeared, reaching the height of their popularity under Maurice Jacques and François Boucher. Featuring Boucher's elegant compositions and Jacques' delicate border designs, these tapestries were among the most excellent and spectacular produced at Gobelins Textile Manufactory in France. For more information about the sale as well as other online auctions, visit Bidsquare.

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    Fine Rugs, Abstract Expressionist Paintings, and More Will Cross the Block With 1stBid

    At 1stbid this October, an exceptional selection of vintage and antique rugs will soon come to market. The offerings include stellar examples from Turkey, Persia, and India, as well as a selection of uncommon French Art Deco spreads. The sale will start at 2:00 PM EDT on October 16, 2022. Interested collectors can participate live or online via Bidsquare.  Antique Bakhtiari Rug, 6’5” x 8’1” (1.96 x 2.46 M) Leading the catalog is an antique Bakhtiari rug that bears rich shades of navy blue, ivory, and crimson (lot #7422; estimate: USD 35,000 - $45,000). Woven by people in the Bakhtiari tribes of the Zagros Mountains, Bakhtiari rugs are famous for bridging tribal aesthetics and Persian ideals. In particular, this style of carpet uses bold colors, crisp designs, and articulated medallions to add layers of richness and complexity. The available Bakhtiari carpet measures 6’5” by 8’1” with a delicate fringe along the short sides. Flowers and vines dominate the center medallion, while a triple border brings the viewer’s eye toward the center.  Also notable are two antique Heriz rugs, both featuring rich jewel tones. The first is a room-sized carpet that uses the characteristic rectilinear forms of Heriz rugs (lot #748; estimate: $18,000 - $25,000). Jagged lines and clear outlines accent a swirling network of foliage and arabesques. The second key Heriz rug in the sale embraces a more muted shade of red, nearing salmon pink in some areas (lot #744; estimate: $18,000 - $25,000). It bears an elongated medallion in the center, as well as a highly structured border. French Art Deco Rug, 8’4” x 9’11” (2.54 x 3.02 M) A French Art Deco rug by an unknown artist will also be available (lot #8236; estimate: $20,000 - $25,000). It features Picasso-esque faces and indistinguishable forms boldly crammed into the rug’s square canvas. Another French Art Deco rug in the catalog embraces abstraction (lot #8233; estimate: $18,000 - $20,000). Zig-zags and off-brown squares spark visual interest.   Attributed Jackson Pollock, Oil on Canvas Part of this auction is dedicated to fine works of art attributed to some of the greatest…

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    1stbid’s Exceptional Auction of Antique and Vintage Rugs

    The assortment of antique to contemporary carpets available at 1stbid's Exceptional Auction of Antique and Vintage Rugs event is simply flooring! This sale will be held on October 16, 2022 at 2:00 PM EDT both online as well as live at the company's Washington, DC gallery. Over 180 fine silk and wool examples from across the globe are on offer. Here are a few highlights that truly inspire us to cut a rug. A vintage Turkish Hereke silk rug. Image courtesy of 1stbid. The top lot in this sale is #7048, a premier vintage Turkish Hereke silk rug. It measures 6’11” x 10’3” (or 2.11 x 3.12 M) and is estimated at USD 35,000 to $45,000. It has an opening bid of $22,500. This gorgeously rendered, fringed example is finely knotted primarily in light tan, greens, and pinks, with brown and burgundy highlights. Hereke rugs have long been made in a small town about an hour’s drive from Istanbul. The factory has been in business since the mid-1800s. These rugs, often large scale and intricately patterned, are traditionally made from silk, wool, and cotton. They sometimes include metallic threads. Traditionally, they were made for royalty and produced in part as gifts for society and other high-ranking officials. An antique Mohtasham Kashan rug. Image courtesy of 1stbid. Also of palatial size and interest is lot #5073, a handsome antique Mohtasham Kashan rug. It measures 9’ x 12’6” (or 2.74 x 3.81 M) and is estimated at $35,000 to $45,000. It has an opening bid of $22,000. This mostly tan, navy, and crimson stunner features countless flowers and other natural elements in concentric waves. Enthusiasts consider Kashan rugs, which are made in Kashan, Iran, to be among the most desirable and collectible types of Persian rugs produced. The name "Mohtasham" refers to a 19th-century master weaver who was known for his extraordinary craftsmanship. Like this example, Mohtasham Kashan rugs often feature bold colors and a prominent blue medallion. An antique Heriz rug. Image courtesy of 1stbid. All eyes are certain to be on lot #7422, a fine antique silk Heriz rug. It…

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    Turkish Hereke Rug, Heriz Carpets, Art Deco, and More at 1stbid

    The upcoming Exceptional Auction of Antique & Vintage Rugs, presented by 1stbid, will particularly feature a fine Turkish silk Hereke rug. During the mid-1800s, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire recruited some of the best weavers in the land to establish a new royal workshop in the town of Hereke. Before long, high-quality rugs emerged. The craftspeople used a combination of silk, cotton, and wool threads to weave their masterpieces. The available Hereke rug features tightly coiled patterns of flowers, vines, and arabesques in muted shades of gold, salmon, and pale green. Another notable rug in the auction is an antiqe silk Persian Heriz rug. This example bears a bold center medallion and a triple border.  Beyond Persian carpets, the catalog brings a robust collection of French Art Deco rugs from the early 20th century. These carpets depart from traditional symmetry and subtle shades. Instead, they embrace bold patterns and spontaneity. Among them is a French area rug that references the paintings of Joan Miró. Amorphous shapes cover the rug, sometimes resembling a human face or a small picture. The rug relies heavily on the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) against a nondescript background. To bid in this and other online auctions, visit Bidsquare. 

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    1stbid Offers Rare Antique and Vintage Persian, Tribal, and Caucasian Rugs in Upcoming Auction

    In this upcoming event, 1stbid Auctions will offer a fine collection of Persian, Tribal, and Caucasian rugs. Appealing to collectors around the world, these rugs are becoming increasingly rare and difficult to find. The process of knotting, spinning, weaving, or tying high-quality wool, silk, cotton, or other natural fibers into an intricate design might take months, or even years, to complete. Also available in this sale is an antique Bakshaish rug. Located 60 miles east of Tabriz in northwestern Iran, Bakshaish is considered the oldest rug weaving village in the Persian Azerbaijan region. Many of these rugs have an abstract design reminiscent of age-old tribal and classical Persian motifs surrounding an intentionally placed folklore character. The available rug has repeating geometric patterns in shades of blue, brown, and orange. Among the auction’s key lots is a vintage Karajeh long rug. The small village of Karajeh is found within the Azerbaijani region of northwestern Iran. The Karajeh women weavers were known for using earthy tones of red, cream, and green to create their own Karajeh signature pattern of a triple medallion motif. Visit Bidsquare to view the sale’s entire contents, place a bid, and explore more online auctions.

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    Rugs that Tie the Room Together Available From 1stbid

    Although he was known primarily as an artist who created kinetic mobiles and monumental public sculptures, Alexander Calder was an artist who found himself a niche in many different formats. He created prints and paintings, designed theatrical sets and jewelry, and developed abstract motifs for aircraft, automobiles, textiles, rugs, and more. Three of those designs— in the form of modern rugs— are currently under the hammer in the Vintage & Modern Rugs auction at 1stbid. The available lots include traditional designs from around the world. Over 90 of the almost 200 rugs on offer are from Persia, and there are also pieces from Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan, the Caucasus, and more. Some of the notable individual pieces include an antique Serapi rug listed in very good condition, a Mohtasham Kashan rug from the Hajji Jalilli period, an antique Bakhshaish rug also in very good condition, and a French tapestry rug that depicts the grape harvest. Visit Bidsquare to browse the full catalog of this and other online auctions.

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    A Boterismo Figurine by Fernando Botero Highlights the Upcoming 1stbid Sale

    Fernando Botero is a celebrated South American artist famous for his figurative artworks. His chubby sculptures with inflated sizes are popularly called ‘Boterismo.’ They often serve as mediums for comedy or criticism. Diego Rivera’s political murals and Baroque architecture highly influence Botero’s works. The upcoming 1stbid auction presents a Boterismo sculpture by Fernando Botero. Fat English Gentleman Banker depicts an oversized figure that exploits viewpoint and space. Its subject dives deeper into satire and sensuality. A Hudson Valley landscape by William Louis Sonntag is another highlight. The self-taught artist was notable for achieving photo-like attributes. His signature works often explored earth, water, and sky. Sonntag articulated his faith in nature through grand panoramas and intricate brushwork. The auction showcases an extensive collection of rugs, including a semi–pictorial Persian Mohtasham Kashan rug. The carpet gets its name after Hadji Mollah Mohammed Hassan Mohtasham, a 19th-century master weaver who invented its weaving pattern. The available rug utilizes spun wool and depicts birds and flower arrangements in red and blue. Also offered is a Chinese acrylic painting by Yan Ping expressing ideas through colors, as well as Andy Warhol prints, Chinese porcelain, and metal toys. Interested collectors can explore the entire listings, register to bid online on Bidsquare, and browse other online auctions.

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    Alfred Bricher Painting and Antique Persian Rugs Highlight 1stbid’s Upcoming Sale

    New Hampshire-born painter Alfred Bricher (1837 – 1908) was associated with the Hudson River School style of art that emphasized landscapes and luminism. As someone who loved the coastal life, Bricher often explored the reflection and refraction of light on seascapes and landscapes in his paintings. One such artwork is a key highlight of the upcoming sale from 1stbid. It depicts a prudently-juxtaposed composition of rocks, sky, and sea. Particularly striking is the portrayal of wave-motion and clouds, as well as Alfred Bricher’s fascination with sunlight and shadows. A pair of paintings by renowned Italian painter Maria Luigia Raggi is also noteworthy for their detailing. Both works feature a vibrant color palette and depict bucolic scenes in the typical Rococo style.  Two antique Serapi rugs designed with symmetrical knots, cotton base, and wool piles lead the listings. The rugs are adorned with medallion and geometric motifs in red, green, and blue, among other colors. Another interesting Persian piece is a Joshaghan rug. It has a central diamond medallion and geometric and floral motifs all over. These carpets are produced in Joshaghan, a prominent rug-weaving hub with a long history. Visit Bidsquare to view the complete catalog and to browse other online auctions.

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    Fine Rugs NY Offers Carpets From Haji Jalili, Bakhtiari, and More

    Haji Jalili was well-known for his unique approach to weaving rugs. He used soft color palettes and incorporated lighter colors such as pink, gold, and gray into his designs. The upcoming antique rugs auction, presented by Fine Rugs NY, brings a strong example of Haji Jalili’s work. The available carpet has circular motifs surrounded by a navy-black border.  Another highlighted lot is an antique Bakhtiari rug. The Bakhtiari tribe of the Zagros Mountains are known for their deep-toned vintage tribal carpets with bold colors and designs. Although they initially produced only geometric patterns, the Bakhtiari tribespeople gradually drew inspiration from the floral carpets of the Persian cities. This changed the course of the Bakhtiari rug, leading to a distinct stylization. View other lots of interest, including furniture and paintings, and register to bid online on Bidsquare.