Following the efforts of two Armenians, Zara Agha and Apraham Agha at the very end of the 19th century, the first looms of what was to become the 'Koum Kapi' school were set up in Istanbul. The technical ability of their weavers and the fine quality of their materials, mainly silk and metal-thread, resulted in a long tradition of excellence (George Farrow with Leonard Harrow; Hagop Kapoudjian, London, 1993, p11.).
Within the field design there is a small stylised marking within one of the metal-thread palmettes which is the signature of Avedis Tamishjian. This master weaver is known to have worked for the merchant Nuh'negi, having set up his workshop in the 1920s (P. Bensoussan, "Turkish Workshop Carpets", Hali, Issue 26, April/May/June 1985, pp.34-41, esp.p.38). Further work has enabled George Farrow to identify his signature, worked in the same way as Zareh Penyamin, in silk within a small area of metal-thread (George Farrow, "Irrelevant Rubbish", Hali; Issue 55, February 1991, p.83). An example with the same signature was sold in these Rooms, 11 October 1990, lot 13.
The knot count is approximately 10H x 9V per cm. sq.