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    Sale 7572

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    10 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 111

    A KONYA RUG

    CENTRAL ANATOLIA, 17TH CENTURY OR EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A KONYA RUG
    CENTRAL ANATOLIA, 17TH CENTURY OR EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Areas of wear and damage, light scattered repiling, corroded brown, backed
    8ft.2in. x 4ft.6in. (248cm. x 137cm.)


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    The origins of this design are very archaic indeed. A prayer rug in the Alexander Collection shows the same basic structure, although single-ended (Christopher Alexander, op.cit, p.127). On the facing page in his catalogue is depicted the very well known saf of this design in the Turk ve Islam Museum which dates from the 15th century. Another early village rug which shares most of the same design features, but more tightly delineated than here, is in the Orient Stars Collection (E. Heinrich Kirchheim, Orient Stars, A Carpet Collection, Stuttgart and London, 1993, no.200, p.317.)

    The design became abstracted, ceasing to be that of a prayer rug, and appears in a small number of other 17th century village carpets, such as a beautiful and much tighter drawn example in the Bardini Collection (Alberto Boralevi, Geometrie d'Oriente, Stefano Bardini e il tappeto antico, exhibition catalogue, Florence, 1999, no.21, pp.72-3).

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    Literature

    Christopher Alexander; A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art, New York and Oxford, 1993, pp.278-279