Here we have another type of floral border, decorated by a motif called elmali (‘apple’ in Turkish) which appear to me more as a pair of pomegranates connected to a sickle leaf. It too belongs to Group B, with all of the ivories being in cotton, although here are used as accents rather than as a background. I am especially fascinated by the colour contrast between the moss green of the niche and the light turquoise shade of the field, which can be seen clearly in the spandrels. The latter are embellished by a very unusual, dynamic motif which imparts an upwards dynamics to the composition. I certainly understand why these rugs were so passionately collected by the generation of James Ballard, Joseph McMullan and many others.