Erzurum Prayer Kilim in Wool, Cotton and Metal Thread

Circa 1830
170 cm x 120 cm
5'6" x 3'11"

This acquisition is the latest both timewise as well as in terms of placement. It’s also the only flatwoven prayer rug, its presence being amply justified by its refined texture composed of a niche entirely worked in extremely fine cotton, metal thread and only minor touches of wool, the later being predominant in the carnation pattern of the border. The very light denim blue of the cotton background contrasts exquisitely with the ivory and metal thread of the tree elements, giving the peaceful impression of exiting an house of prayer at dusk, after having performed a deep, inner meditation.

  • Warp: wool, ivory
  • Weft: wool, cotton and metallic thread
  • Technique: slit tapestry. Some eccentric interlaced outlining.
  • Selvages: eight sets of paired warps
  • Ends: fringes tied in overhand knots at both ends
  • Colours: ivory, light aqua blue, light denim blue (all in cotton), sage green, medium blue, brick red, dark brown (all in wool), grey brown (metal) (8)
  • Condition: unrestored; a few open slits and minor missing sections on the perimeter.

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