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    Sale 7429

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    25 October 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 27

    AN USHAK CARPET

    WEST ANATOLIA, 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN USHAK CARPET
    WEST ANATOLIA, 16TH CENTURY
    Overall wear, missing outer stripe, corroded black, repiling, reweaves and tint
    16ft.1in. x 7ft.9in. (489cm. x 236cm.)


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    This is an example of the classic Medallion Ushak type. The basic design principal has a red field with delicate floral tracery and a large indigo primary medallion flanked by lobed medallions all filled with split-leaf rumi and angular floral vinery. The earliest and best examples of these carpets were woven for the wealthy Ottoman home market. Medallion Ushak carpets however already appeared in European paintings during the sixteenth century with examples being depicted by artists such as Velasquez, Zurbaran and Vermeer (Donald King and David Sylvester, The Eastern Carpet in the Western World from the 15th to the 17th Century, London, 1983, p.73). By the 17th century there is evidence of a substantial export market in Europe, both from textual sources and from the number which have survived in large European country houses.

    The previous lot in this sale is a slightly later example and a further example can be found at lot 31.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE DR. AMIR PAKZAD CARPET MUSEUM, HANNOVER


    Literature

    Almut von Gladiss, Islamische Teppiche und Textilien, Hannover, 1987, no.4, p.12 (catalogued as 17th century)