Rug with Flowering Tree in Niche

Circa 1860
Mujur, Central Anatolia
173 cm x 118 cm
5'8" x 3'10"

As we advance in the nineteenth century the niche tends to become more rectangular and the border more schematic. This corresponds also with a substantial difference in knot counts. Nevertheless Mujur rugs maintain their classical, almost noble posture, with colours distributed in a fairly similar fashion. The flowering tree remains one of the very decors employed by Mujur weavers in their niche lexicon. Interestingly, the direction of weaving follows the direction of the pattern here, differently from the previous two prayer rugs.

  • Warp: wool, ivory
  • Weft: wool, clusters of various colours, 2 shots after knotted rows
  • Knot: symmetrical, weaving direction is adjacent to niche, no warp depression
  • Knot count: 5H x 6V = 30 knots/square inch
  • Selvages: flat, four sets of paired warps
  • Ends: brick red weft-faced plain weave
  • Colours: brick red, medium blue, moss green, aubergine, light orange, bronze, brown black, ivory (8)
  • Condition: pile is uniformly low to knot collars; minor repairs.

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