Benlian Tabriz Rugs

Benlian Tabriz Rugs & Carpets

Edward E. Benlian was an Armenian who lived in England (The Orchard, 55 Arthur Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19). He died somewhere around 1973 and there was an estate auction after his death by Phillips, Son & Neale of London, England. Apparently his company produced rugs in Tabriz from the 1900s on. His master weavers included Javan Amir Kizi and Mahmud Ghalicheh.
Benlian represent the top tier of 20th century Tabriz production and the carpets are now old enough to start showing up in the auctions Sotheby’s,.Woolley & Wallis, Christie's , and Phillips are have mentioned Benlian in their catalogues.

Benlian Tabriz Persian carpets have an eight-pointed star logo in one corner. Most often on the inner guard border.

Examples:

A Benlian Tabriz carpet



Benlian Tabriz Carpet C. 1920

Benlian Tabriz Carpet C. 1920

The design of this carpet is heavily influenced by the so-called Chelsea carpet in the V&A Museum in London



The Doris Leslie Blau Benlian Tabriz Carpet

The Doris Leslie Blau Benlian Tabriz Carpet

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Circa 1920. Based on a Safavid design, with a star signature cartouche to one corner.



Sadeh Sadeghiani Benlian Tabriz Carpet

Sadeh Sadeghiani Benlian Tabriz Carpet

Has a star cartouche reading "Sadeh Sadaghiani, Mahmoud Jabbaran Company."



Important Benlian Tabriz Carpet

Important Benlian Tabriz Carpet

Description: Made around 1930-50, signed 'Mahmud Ghalicheh baf'.

Size: 11ft.11in. x 10ft.7in. (3.63m. x 3.23m.)

Important Benlian Tabriz Carpet



Benlian Tabriz Persian Carpet, c.1890

Benlian Tabriz Persian Carpet c. 1890 Sotheby's lot 207

Origin: Northwest Persia

Size: 13ft. 2in. by 9ft. 10in. (4.01 by 3.00m.)

Description: Circa 1920. Signature star cartouche to one corner. Original end finishes, minor stains.



Benlian Tabriz Carpet, c.1920

Benlian Tabriz Carpet c. 1920 Sotheby's lot 188

Origin: Northwest Persia

Size: 14ft. 2in. by 11ft. 3in. (4.32 by 3.43m.)

Description: Circa 1920. Signature star cartouche to one corner. Some oxidized browns, overcast sides.



Tabriz Carpet by the Master Javan Amir Kizi

Tabriz Carpet by the master Javan Amir Kizi

Origin: Northwest Persia, about 1930

Size: 12ft.3in. x 9ft.6in. (3.73m. x 2.90m.)

Description: Signed 'Javan Amir Kizi'. Small areas of wear.

Tabriz Carpet by the master Javan Amir Kizi



Benlian Tabriz Carpet, c.1930

Benlian Tabriz Carpet C. 1930 W&W lot 261

Origin: Northwest Persia, about 1930

Size: 10ft.1in. x 7ft.2in. (3.07m. x 2.18m.)

Description: Star cartouche in one corner of field.




Antique Benlian Tabriz Carpet C. 1930 


Antique Benlian Tabriz Carpet C. 1930

MEASUREMENTS

Approximately 385 by 298cm., 12ft. 7in. by 9ft. 9in.

DESCRIPTION

Circa 1930

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