27 June 2007
AN USHAK CARPET
TURKEY, CIRCA 1880
The shaded tomato-red field with overall loose Afshan design of multi-coloured bold palmettes, angular arabesques and flowering vine, in broad dark sea-blue border of bold angular aresbesques and palmettes between triple floral stripes, areas of wear and localised damages, the reverse with a printed label 'S.M. 058 TAPPIERS. MOSSUL M. 5.30 x 4.60'
17 ft. 7 in. x 15 ft. 5 in. (539.5 cm. x 472.5 cm.)
Castello Reale di Racconigi.
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The initials 'S.M.' stand for 'Sua Maesta' and refer to an inventory entitled 'della Sua Maesta' of Royal works of art drawn up in Turin between 1891-1907.
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