Christie’s forthcoming Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets features a magnificent range of manuscripts, objects and paintings from across the Middle East, India and Europe. Exemplifying the rich artistic exchange between Iran and China is a Timurid Qur’an written on a vast array of coloured Chinese papers, delicately ornamented with mountainous landscapes, Chinese buildings and flowering plants and fruits. Presented alongside this is a newly discovered and remarkably preserved fragment from a once truly magnificent 17th century Safavid Kirman ‘Vase’ carpet, making it an exciting new addition to the known published fragments which are housed in prestigious museum collections.
The sale also features a number of early Islamic objects, led by a rare Mamluk ewer intricately decorated in silver and gold, as well as a group of early Islamic pottery of outstanding quality forming part of the late Dr Mohammed Said Farsi collection. Further important works include two beautiful Indian paintings, one from the first illustrated copy of the Baburnama and the second from a royal manuscript of the Akbarnama, alongside a charming private collection of Iznik tiles.
Our selection of Oriental carpets displays the vast and varied traditions across Persia, India, Turkey and the Caucasus, with early examples such as a rare 17th century Mughal pashmina fragment of floral design and an 18th century South Caucasian ‘Leaf and Blossom’ carpet fragment, one of a small group with an unusual yellow field. Together with these early fragments, a bold Agra carpet on a rare powder blue field, comparable to another Agra in the Carpet Museum in Tehran, and a silk Yarkand carpet of pomegranate design surviving in exceptional condition, each showcase the wealth of the later weaving traditions across the region.