This rug derives from the 'Transylvanian' coupled column prayer rugs from western Anatolia and ultimately from the Metropolitan Cairene and Bursa examples as discussed in the note to lot 202 in the Alexander collection. A comparison between the present rug and lot 226 of the same collection shows how the design evolved in two different but closely related weaving centres. The present rug relates to a rug in the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest (Batari, F.: Ottoman Turkish Carpets, Budapest, 1994, no.77, p.63, ill.p.166).
The feature seen here of dying the ends of the warps pink is here unusually only found at one end. It is a feature which is found on various Ushak rugs (The Bernheimer Family Collection of Carpets, Christie's, London, 14 February 1996, lot 87, for example).