Yomut Asmalyk carpet

Yomut Asmalyk carpet, €125,000 (£108,695) at Rippon Boswell.

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Two pieces in particular were the subject of frenetic bidding from collectors throughout the world.

On sale day a German private collector had to contend with competitors in the room, on the phones and online before he could claim an 18th century Yomut Asmalyk 2ft 9in x 4ft 3in (84cm x 1.3m) from west Turkestan.

Its motif contained trees and bird pictograms and - as a special feature - the realistic portrayal of a bridal procession of camels and two mounted horsemen. The rarity of this combination obviously inspired the bidders who took the price to €125,000 (£108,695), more than double the estimate.

Yomut Multi-gul carpet

Yomut Multi-gul, €150,000 (£130,400) at Rippon Boswell.

There was even more interest for a large Yomut Multi-gul main carpet, measuring 9ft 7in x 5ft 3in (2.92 x 1.6m). It belongs to a rare group of Yomut carpets from south-west Turkestan and can be dated to the 18th or early 19th century. Once again, there was a prolonged bidding match which only finished at €150,000 (£130,400), double the upper guide. In this case, a Japanese buyer had the deepest pockets.