Ivory Çeki Tulu Niche Design Rug

Circa 1900
Karapinar, Central Anatolia
143 cm x 103 cm
4'8" x 3'4"

This archaic looking niche design rug is distinguished by the extra weft loop pile technique, which is one of the earliest forms of weaving that preceded the creation of the pile rug. The dark brown wool defines the direction of weaving as well as the niche itself, reduced here to its basic elements. Its simplification is reminiscent of the elibelinde motif as it appears on central Anatolian kilims, and is of clear Neolithic memory. The use of metallic thread adds a touch of preciousness to the composition, placed as a round motif at the heart of the niche, probably as a protective amulet.

  • Warp: wool, ivory
  • Weft: wool, ivory, three shots between loop pile knotted rows
  • Knot: 1/1 extra-weft loop pile on wool balanced plain weave ground
  • Selvages: flat, one set of paired warps
  • Ends: top end with corded fringes and teased tassels, bottom in balanced plain weave
  • Colours: ivory, dark brown, orange, red, light yellow, faded lilac (6)
  • Condition: unrestored; a few visible holes and missing sections; some stains on the back
Mike Aykbarak Collection, Istanbul

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