Red Ilme Tulu Niche Design Rug

Circa 1900
Karapinar, Central Anatolia
143 cm x 98 cm
4'8" x 3'2"

The large hooked triangle that dominates the composition of this other Tulu acts as a directional motif delineating the prayer niche, which follows the direction of weaving. It could just as well be meditation element connected to the ancient cults of the Neolithic period, as the large triangle is rendered in such a way as if it was depicting a giant pregnant Goddess. The traces of henna painting on the left border emphasize its ritual significance.

  • Warp: wool, ivory
  • Weft: wool, ivory, 3-12 shots between knotted rows
  • Knot: symmetrical, weaving direction adjacent to niche, no warp depression
  • Knot count: 5H x 3V = 15 knots/square inch
  • Selvages: flat, two sets of paired warps
  • Ends: top in orange weft-faced plain weave with macrame fringes, bottom with single twined weft
  • Colours: maroon, candy pink, lilac, sage green, copper orange (5)
  • Condition: very good, with slightly lower pile within the center, suggesting its use as prayer mat
Husayn Kaplan Collection, Konya

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