The Collection of Simon Crosby: Selected Rugs and Fragments

21 NOVEMBER 2019|Dreweatts | Starts 10:30am

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Dreweatts are delighted to offer selected rugs and fragments from The Collection of the late Simon Crosby.  The collection was formed from the very early 1970s and comprised almost entirely of Turkmen carpets (at that time transliterated as Turkoman carpets). The collection draws on all of the major tribal groups within the Turkmen nation but was particularly rich in the carpets and rugs of the Ersari tribal group and those of the peoples of the Amu Darya in western Uzbekistan and latterly northern Afghanistan.

Simon Crosby was not only in the vanguard of Turkmen carpet collectors but also a publisher on that subject. In 1973 he famously reprinted a limited edition of the English version of A.A. Bogolyubov’s 1908/9 book Carpets of Central Asia edited by, and with additional comments from, the renowned scholar Dr. Jon Thompson.

A section of his carpet collection, comprised of his first love Ersari and what is known as Beshir carpets, has been donated to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford whilst a part of the remainder is offered for auction here.

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The Collection of Simon Crosby: Selected Rugs and Fragments(#14248) 21 November 2019 | 10:30 GMT

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