• Oriental Rugs and Carpets auction at Christies

    Sale 11939

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    18 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 46

    AN USHAK RUG

    WEST ANATOLIA, EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Estimate

    AN USHAK RUG
    WEST ANATOLIA, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Areas of wear, scattered spots of repiling and a few small repairs, probably lacking border
    8ft.9in. x 6ft.2in. (265cm. x 186cm.)


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    Among the classical rugs and carpets produced in Ushak, a very small number have overall floral field designs. Of these, most use a miniaturised interpretation of what is depicted within the border, as seen in a carpet published in Joseph V. McMullen, Islamic Carpets, New York, 1965, no.79, pp.254-5 and another, of prayer rug format, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (M.S. Dimand & Jean Mailey, Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1973, fig.170, p.190). An earlier example with an overall field design which is more open in drawing and is framed by a narrow border of a different floral design to the field, sold in these Rooms, Davide Halevim: Magnificent Carpets and Tapestries, 14 February 2001, lot 27. As the present lot is missing its main border we cannot be sure what border the weaver had intended. The scale of the palmettes and leaves, which run horizontally in the present lot, is particularly unusual and the volume of ice blue is an attractive addition.

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