A stunning Avakian Brothers Persian Heriz style area rug made in Iran. This beautiful piece is hand-crafted from 100% virgin wool pile and boasts an intricate design in shades of red, blue, yellow and green with all natural dyes. The back has original tag (slightly faded) “Avakian Brother Inc. Made in Iran 100% Virgin Wood Pile”. There is wear to the rug and it shows signs of age, but no holes or fabric missing. This rug was purchased from the original Avakian Brothers Rug Shop in New York City in 1924 and has the label to prove it. . It is 12′ x 10′ and family legend has it that this carpet was purchased from the estate of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels in 1969. There is no documentation to back this claim up, but one can easily imagine such a large fine carpet gracing the famous socialite and activists home on Knob Hill.
This beautiful large buffalo robe was purported to have been one of those killed by Victor Grant Smith, the famous champion Buffalo Hunter. Smith was one of those characters who seems to have been written for the old west.
First a trapper and then a pony express rider, a great buffalo hunter, and even has been rumored to have traveled and performed with Buffalo Bill in his Wild West Show. One thing is certain, he was a great storyteller and was a frequent speaker at the Bizarrities shows in San Francisco in the late 1800s. This magnificent large buffalo hide is said to have come from him. It wouldn’t be surprising if it did since in 1881-1882 he killed more than 107 bison in a single hour! Smith killed over 5000 bison in a winter in Montana and when they were nearly extinct, he expressed his remorse saying “I wish my aim hadn’t a been so good.”
Pictures of the Buffalo Robe Coming Soon.