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    Sale 7572

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    10 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 152

    AN EXTREMELY FINE SILK HEREKE RUG

    WEST ANATOLIA, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN EXTREMELY FINE SILK HEREKE RUG
    WEST ANATOLIA, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Of European design, very light surface dirt, negligible splits, generally very supple
    4ft.1in. x 3ft.10in. (124cm. x 117cm.)


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    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,

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