Green Ground Prayer Rug

Circa 1830
Kirsehir, Central Anatolia
166 cm x 120 cm
5'5" x 3'11"

What I appreciate most of Kirsehir prayer rugs is the audacity in their use of colour. We see such improbable juxtapositions resulting in compositions of impeccable colour balance. Here the calm refinement of the pistachio green niche is probably the perfect harmony to play against of melody of seven lively colours set into spandrels, a top cartouche containing a cloudband element and a plethora of frames. A rug I would imagine a painter would love to depict.

  • Warp: wool, ivory
  • Weft: wool, coral rose, 2 shots between knotted rows
  • Knot: symmetrical, weaving direction opposite to niche, moderately depressed warps
  • Knot count: 14H x 9V = 126 knots/square inch
  • Selvages: flat, two sets of paired warps wrapped with pistachio green wool
  • Ends: top and bottom with weft-faced plain weave in pistachio green wool
  • Colours: pistachio green, maroon, light yellow, pink, turquoise, brown black, aubergine, ivory (8)
  • Condition: pile is medium to low, with areas of wear in the niche; oxidised browns

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