This carpet, Plate Thirty One, was sold for $120,890
at an auction held by
Christies in their King Street London saleroom in 1996.
It was consigned for that sale by the Bernheimer Family
of Munich, Germany,
having previously been in their private collection for decades.
Legend has it that when Humayun, the deposed Emperor
of India, sought refuge at the court of Shah Tahmasp, no prayer rug
could be found for his personal use. This is probably a spiteful Sunni
tale but how could they have found this carpet? Up until the 1930`s
it hung in Friedrich Sarre`s office in Berlin, where a young Kurt
Erdmann, perhaps the most famous carpet scholar of the mid-twentieth
century, so often admired it.