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    Sale 7572

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    10 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 106

    A WEST ANATOLIAN SAF

    PROBABLY USHAK, 17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A WEST ANATOLIAN SAF
    PROBABLY USHAK, 17TH/18TH CENTURY
    Uneven overall wear, scattered repiling and some reweaves corresponding to the most worn areas, irregular shaped ends, sides overbound
    12ft.2in. x 5ft. (370cm. x 152cm.)


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    The original saf from which this fragment comes, or one of an almost identical design, is reputed to have come from the Ulu Cami (Great Mosque) of Bursa in western Anatolia, (Walter Denny, The Classical Tradition in Anatolian Carpets, Washington D.C., 2002, p.115, no.50.). There are a small number of related fragments including one in the Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection noted by Denny and another was in a private collection in Austria. The present lot however is noticeably more complete than the Wolf example and has five complete prayer niches including complete upper and lower guard stripes.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the date in the catalogue is incorrect and should read 17TH/18TH CENTURY.


    Literature

    Christopher Alexander; A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art, New York and Oxford, 1993, pp.308-309.