Poore, Benjamin Perley – Writer & Antique Collector

Benjamin Perley Poore

Benjamin Perley Poore (1820 to 1887) was a significant early collector of American antiques. A writer by trade, Poore was born near Newbury, Massachusetts to parents Benjamin and Mary Perley Poore. The family estate called Indian Hill became the showcase for his eclectic assemblage of antiques.

As a youth Poore was influenced by trips to Europe and was especially fascinated by the old Scottish castles and manor houses. He later sought [...] Click here to continue reading.

Isfahan Oriental Rugs

Isfahan Rugs

Overview: Isfahan, or as the Persians say it, Esfahan is one of the most desirable rugs made in Iran in the 20th century. The city of Isfahan is the (administrative) center of Isfahan Province. So while the main workshops are in the city, Isfahan type rugs are made throughout the Province. The bulk of the production is in rug sizes (under 70 square feet), but there is a steady production of larger [...] Click here to continue reading.

Gorevan Oriental Rugs

Gorevan Oriental Rugs

Gorevan is an Iranian town near Heriz, however the rug term denotes quality rather than geographic origin. A very coarsely woven rug with a Heriz pattern may be described as a Gorevan rug.

Ensi or Engsi Oriental Rugs

Ensi Rugs

Ensi, Engsh (Turkish). Translated in Turkish “ensi” or “engsi” (or in Persian “pardeh” or “purdah”) means curtain and is used when describing a felt or pile rug hung over the door of Turkoman tents. The pile of an ensi design usually includes four compartments with divisions creating a cross or “khatch” in the center of the rug.

Daghestan Oriental Rug

Daghestan Rugs

Daghestan means “land of mountains” and encompasses the northeastern region of the Caucasus. Rugs from this area have symmetric knots on wool warps and either wool or cotton wefts. They often feature an all-over or lattice pattern and are found mostly in smaller sizes, especially during the 19th century.

Machmer, Richard & Rosemarie — Provenance Pook 10-24-08

Richard & Rosemarie Machmer Provenance

The following remembrances were publishing the Pook and Pook auction catalogue for this sale, held on October 24 and 25, 2008. For coverage of this sale, please see the account in Maine Antique Digest, published in January of 2009, available at http://www.maineantiquedigest.com/stories/index.html?id=1014.

About thirty-five years ago, I traveled around two hours to an evening country auction in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania. As I walked into the auction house, facing me was [...] Click here to continue reading.

Bijar Oriental Rug


Bijar is frequently, and incorrectly, spelled Bidjar. The inserted “d” may originate from filtering the Persian name through Russian and French translations attempting to cope with pronounciation issues, but the correct spelling in both English and Persian is Bijar. The term denotes rugs from the town of Bijar in northwest Iran – in Walter Hawley’s marvelously redolent phrase, “one hundred miles beyond Hamadan, on the road to Tabriz”. The region’s population is largely [...] Click here to continue reading.

Chinese Nichols Rugs

Chinese Nichols Rugs

The Western demand for Chinese rugs began with an 1880 exhibition of Chinese rugs in Germany. In 1903 the new style Chinese rugs won first prize at the St. Louis International Exhibition. These new rugs featured wool which was shinier and finer and had a much shorter clip than traditional Chinese rugs.

Rugs in the Art Deco style were made from about 1910 to the late 1940′s. This “New Chinese Style” [...] Click here to continue reading.

Mahal Oriental rug

Mahal Rugs

“Mahal” is a rug trade term for Sarouk rugs of a second or lesser quality.

Kazak Oriental Rug

Kazak Rugs

Kazak rugs are characterized by coarse knotting with about 40 to 60 knots per square inch. These wool rugs often have bold designs in bright colors and average about 33 square feet in size.

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