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A BERGAMA PRAYER RUG

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A BERGAMA PRAYER RUG

WEST ANATOLIA, 18TH CENTURY

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A BERGAMA PRAYER RUG West Anatolia, 18th Century The shaded rust-red field with scattered flowerheads around a central geometric panel issuing angular vine containing a flowerhead centrepiece, the mihrab arch above containing hooked panels and flowerheads, in a shaded sea-blue border of stylised rosettes containing diamond-motifs between polychrome stylised vine meander and barber-pole stripes, restored 3ft.9in. x 2ft.11in. (114cm. x 89cm.)
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The re-entrant prayer rug design was one of the options produced in relatively small quantities through from the fifteenth century for at least four hundred years (see lot 65 for a late example). The present rug, while late in the sequence, is a most unusual variant on the type, having reversed the direction of one of the niches to provide a directional design. The central medallion however remains almost totally unchanged from the early sixteenth century original (Mills, John: "The Bellini, Keyhole or re-entrant Rugs", Hali 58, August 1991, pp.86-103, esp.pls. 19, 20, 26 and 29).

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