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As ever in this field, there were one or two surprises including a c.1900 Tabriz carpet measuring 10ft 9in by 6ft 9in (3.28 x 2.05m) which suffered overall, but even, wear and went to the London trade at a ten-times-mid-estimate £3200.

Ms Barrett, however, was more enthusiastic about the way private buyers are coming into the rooms, particularly those looking for tribal items and textiles.

It was one such private buyer who triumphed in a bout of “ferocious” bidding for the textile bag, a mid-19th century torba, made by Tekke or Salor tribespeople of Turkmenistan, shown right.

Measuring 16in by by 3ft 6in (41cm x1.07m), the torba, entered from a local private source, had some slight wear but was otherwise in fine condition. Nevertheless, it was an arcane item and a £250-350 estimate didn’t seem unduly
conservative. The bidders thought it was, however, and the torba attracted interest from America before going to a British collector at £2700.