Rug with Dotted Niches and Hearts Border

Circa 1900
Manastir, Western Anatolia
147 cm x 97 cm
4'9" x 3'2"

What immediately attracted me to this rug are the borders decorated by what look to me like hearts. There seem to be a cluster of weavings from western Anatolia which are distinguished by borders containing this romantic motif, although I have never seen it both on a niche design design rug as well as on a Manastir. This particular group of rugs is often of the prayer type, although rarely as joyful as in the example presented here. I have a feeling that she must have been in love.

  • Warp: wool, dark brown
  • Weft: wool, tan, 3-5 shots between knotted rows
  • Knot: symmetrical, weaving direction is adjacent to niche, no warp depression
  • Knot count: 5H x 5V = 25 knots/square inch
  • Selvages: cylindrical, one set of paired warps
  • Ends: Top and bottom in weft-faced plain weave
  • Colours: olive green, denim blue, orange red, yellow, black, ivory (6)
  • Condition: very good, full pile, original sides and ends, no repairs

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