Iconic Persian Ziegler Sultanabad Rug From The London Estate Of Sigmund Freud
This magnificent Ziegler Sultanabad rug above is one of the finest examples of it’s kind. It was housed in the dining room of Sigmund Freud’s home, 20 Maresfield Gardens, in Hampstead, London. In 1938, the renowned father of psychoanalysis arrived with his family in London as refugees from the Nazis in Vienna. They brought with them all of their possessions, including carpets and rugs, furniture, and a collection of his prized antiquities. Here his son Ernest and housekeeper Paula Fichtl recreated for him the same working environment that he had in Vienna. Freud bought most of his rug collection from dealers like his brother-in-law, Moritz Freud, 1857-1920 (same surname), who lived in Berlin. The field of this carpet has a stunning design of palmettes and tendrils strewn across a brilliant ivory ground that is elegantly complemented by the gold ground border. The various green and terracotta tones appear especially lovely against this foil of ivory and gold.
Sigmund Freud Rug – Buying and selling of antique rugs has been a passion for Jason Nazmiyal, the owner of the Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in New York City, for the past quarter century. Nazmiyal has developed a reputation among many interior designers and rug dealers as a company that provides antique rugs of exceptional quality and rareness.
The Sigmund Freud rug collections focus largely on Persian rugs – Tabriz, Serapi, Kerman and Khorassan, but it offers other types of decorative antique carpets as well – Khotan, Chinese, Agra, Oushak, and Art Deco.
Many of these pieces have remarkable histories. One such carpet is a late 19th century Zeigler Sultanabad (12’9″ x 16’7″) formerly housed in the dining room of Sigmund Freud’s home at 20 Marsfield Gardens, in Hampstead, London. Freud, the renowned father of psychoanalysis, fled Vienna with his family during the Nazi occupation.
They brought all of their most prized possessions with them, which included furniture, carpets and a collection of valuable antiquities.
His son, Ernst, and housekeeper, Paula Fichtl, recreated in England the same work environment that Freud had used in Vienna. Most of Dr. Freud’s antiquities were purchased through dealers.
After Freud’s death in 1939, his wife, Martha, their daughter Anna, and the housekeeper continued living in his house, which they occupied until Anna Freud’s death in 1982. In accordance with her wishes, the house was converted to a museum and opened to the public in 1986.
Other Nazmiyal carpets of historical significance include two from the Getty Estate; a Sultanabad and a Savonnerie; as well as a Karabagh from the Estate of the Duke of Windsor. Recently, Nazmiyal sold a rug from the Estate of Andy Warhol.