Rug with Double Niche Design

Circa 1800
Bergama, Western Anatolia
153 cm x 112 cm
5'0" x 3'8"

What I find particularly attractive is the quasi-sculptural quality of the drawing of the central emerald green element, with its archaic zoomorphic motifs arranged around a star filled octagon, contrasting beautifully with the coral red background. This element is contained within a ‘double-keyhole’ reserve, which is clearly representative of a double niche design. Framed by a dazzling array of border motifs, the innermost being quite abstract and very similar to that of the preceding example. A noble descendant of the classical, early Ottoman tradition of ‘keyhole’ niche design rugs with a particularly lively and rich palette.

  • Warp: wool, ivory
  • Weft: wool, rust, 2 to 4 shots between knotted rows
  • Knot: symmetrical, slight warp depression
  • Knot count: 5H x 7V = 35 knots/square inch
  • Selvages: flat, four sets of paired warps wrapped with original light blue wool
  • Ends: top and bottom with original blue and red striped weft-faced plain-weave
  • Colours: coral red, brick red, maroon, medium blue, dark green, mustard yellow, dark brown, graphite, ivory (9)
  • Condition: very good, with medium to full pile

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