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Such was the case with this antique ‘Bakshis’ carpet, right, the madder field designed with medallions and branched vines in a border of mid-blue rosettes and pink
meanders, consigned to Shapes’
(15 per cent premium) sale outside Edinburgh on April 27 with a broadly hedged estimate of £2500-4000.

Measuring 17ft 3in by 13ft (5.25 x 3.97m) and in “fair overall condition”, with minor losses to the border, some low areas, small holes and stitched patches, the carpet sold overseas to a telephone bidder of undisclosed nationality at £11,200.

Nothing else in the sale came close to the carpet in terms of price, but there was a “good response to brown furniture”, said auctioneer Paul Howard.

The best seller was a George III mahogany chest-on-chest, a standard example with a dentil cornice and two short, six long graduated and cockbeaded drawers, brushing slide and blind fret angles, 3ft 10in (1.17m) wide, which made £3200.