In a Dining Room in Boston…

The catalog for a Grogan Company rug auction on December 10, 2007, presents the rug below as Lot 65.

(Note: Images from the Grogan on-line catalog.)

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The catalog description is:

65 Rare Persian Garden Carpet, dated 1221 (1806); 19 feet 5 inches x 7 feet

This exceedingly rare classical carpet was recently rediscovered in the Dining Room of the Back Bay townhouse of the late Byzantine Art scholar, Carroll Wales; the poetic inscriptions and early date make this carpet almost unique among early Garden Carpets. “As-is.”

$30,000-50,000

It is not that rugs like this are not seen with fair frequency on the international market. They are.

But it is somehow nice to consider that such a piece lay, until recently, in someone’s Back Bay Boston dining room. This was a dining room that deserved the capital letters of the description.

Regards,

R. John Howe

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