Warp: wool, ivory, Z2S, fine
Weft: wool, red, Z1; 2 shoots
Pile: wool, Z2; symmetric, depressed, H33 x V38 (cm.)
The present carpet is a classic of the 'star' Ushak type, with well proportioned star medallions and a border which is found on a number of other examples of the group (Christie's London, 16 October 1997, lot 23 and 11 February 1998, lot 90). It is a simplified version of the border which was used on some Cariene carpets. It is interesting to note that the simpler of the two palmette types in the border started life as a tulip, showing a tendency to stylization which was dramatically reversed in the court styles of a couple of decades later.