Knot count approx 14H x 15V per cm. sq.
At the end of the nineteenth century the Hereke workshop was under the Directorship of a Frenchman who imported many new designs and European styles. The present lot clearly illustrates how he encouraged weavers to copy earlier designs found in Gobelins and Aubusson eighteenth century tapestries. A rug of similar composition but with the central depiction of Kaiser Wilhelm II's kiosk was woven some time just after his visit to hereke in 1898. For a full discussion of the development of the workshops at Hereke together with details of the Kaiser's visit, see M. Beattie's article, "Hereke", Hali, vol.4, no.2, 1981,