Niche Rug with Four Coupled Columns

Circa 1720
Karapinar, Central Anatolia
146 cm x 105 cm
4'9" x 3'5"

Here four pairs of coupled columns support four small mosque-like architectural forms, against an emerald green perspective; the contrast with the camel background adds greatly to the three-dimensionality of the composition. Early Turkish prayer rugs best display the ‘window over the infinite’ imagery, skilfully highlighting its spiritual monumentality.

  • Warp: wool, ivory
  • Weft: wool, dark brown, 2-3 shots between knotted rows
  • Knot: symmetrical, weaving direction adjacent to niche, no warp depression
  • Knot count: 6H x 8V = 48 knots/square inch
  • Selvages: missing
  • Ends: missing
  • Colours: camel, dark blue, light yellow, dark green, light red, maroon, dark brown, ivory (8)
  • Condition: unrestored; conserved on a beige cotton backing and mounted on a wooden stretcher.
E. Concaro, A. Levi ‘Sovrani Tappeti - Il tappeto orientale dal XV al XIX secolo’, Milano 1999, plate 22, p. 46

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