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Kimball M. Sterling opens March 21 carpet auction to online bidding

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Written by ACN Staff   
Friday, 12 March 2010 13:59
Extremely fine weaving went into this circa 1890 Feraghan Sarouk, which measures 4.03 feet by 6.05 feet. Some cracking is noted along the sides of this rare rug. It has a $10,000-$12,000 estimate. Image courtesy Kimball M. Sterling Inc.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Auctioneer Kimball M. Sterling, widely known for selling rare walking canes and outsider art, will open his rug sale to Internet bidders for the first time on March 21. The sale will consist of more than 75 estate carpets that he has held back and purchased from estates and private collections for the past few years.

“I have the sale about once a year for the local folks but I decided to put it on the Internet for the first time,” said Sterling.

Live Auctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.

“There are a lot of good carpets to use in a home and there are a few antique carpets that will be of interest to collectors,” said Sterling.

Estimates range from $500 to $15,000 for a 130-year-old rare Persian Feraghan that measures about 4 feet by 6 feet.

About half of the carpets are room size, and many will be in the 20- to 40-year-old range, he said. There will also be 14 to 18 newer carpets in the sale. All have been cleaned and ready for the home.

Previews will be conducted daily at Sterling’s gallery at 125 W. Market St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern starting the week before the auction, and the day of the sale beginning at 11 a.m. The auction will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern.

For details call 423-928-1471.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at

Click here to view Kimball M. Sterling Inc.'s complete catalog.

Handmade circa 1890, this Peking Chinese rug has survived in perfect condition. Measuring, 4 feet by 6.08 feet, the rug has a $2,000-2,500 estimate. Image courtesy Kimball M. Sterling Inc.
Saving the best until last, Kimball Sterling will roll out this Persian Feraghan, 4.07 feet by 6.05 feet, circa 1880, which is expected to sell for $12,000-$15,000. Image courtesy Kimball M. Sterling Inc.
In perfect condition, this Persian Lavar Kirman, 4 feet by 7.03 feet, was made circa 1920. It has a $1,500-$2,500 estimate. Image courtesy Kimball M. Sterling Inc.
This dated Caucasian Genja, 3.07 feet by 5.02 feet, is circa 1870. With full wool pile and in perfect condition, the rug has a $6,000-$8,000 estimate. Image courtesy Kimball M. Sterling Inc.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:30

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