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Aaron Nejad sold this Caucasian kilim, c.1880, 8ft 6in x 5ft 2in (2.58 x 1.72m), for £2400 at LARTA.

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Its 10th edition featured 18 exhibitors and ran alongside the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair at Battersea Evolution.

Nejad paid tribute to the effort dealers had made in bringing their best stock, labelling it clearly and displaying it well.

In general, he told ATG, sales for rugs and carpets had outstripped those of textiles, a change from last year’s event but a classic sign that the housing market is improving.

Meanwhile, he added that while he sold three items over £10,000 last year, he made no sales at that level at this most recent event.

However, he stressed that these fluctuations could not be put down to outside influences such as political turmoil.

“We operate in a very niche market,” he said. “It only takes two or three sales to make the difference between a good fair or an average fair. I don’t think that outside factors affect us. We sell luxury products.”

There were some highlight sales in textiles. Marilyn Garrow, for example, sold a pair of Arts & Crafts panels and another set of four, as well as an 18th century Indian panel and an 18th century Coromandel coast bedspread. She said the fair represented “the best opening day I’ve ever had”.