Tripartite Niche Rug with Coupled Columns

Circa 1780
Konya, Central Anatolia
150 cm x 116 cm
4'11" x 3'9"

The triple arches, with one in the centre being highest, are resulting from the background of the main architectural element, supported here by two pairs of coupled columns. Within this ivory element we see a pair of aubergine animal tree columns coalescing into a niche form flanked by ewers, the field being punctuated by a spray of polychrome dots. These randomly arranged dots embellish also the yellow ground border, looking like colourful confetti. A very fine rug with an outstanding sense of balance, expertly woven by an artist whose illegible signature is inscribed at the top of the central niche.

  • Warp: wool, ivory
  • Weft: light yellow, 2 shots between knotted rows
  • Knot: symmetrical, weaving direction is opposite to niche, no warp depression
  • Knot count: 8H x 10V = 80 knots/square inch
  • Selvages: flat, two sets of paired warps wrapped with rust red wool
  • Ends: top and bottom with weft-faced plain weave in rust red wool
  • Colours: light red, coral pink, yellow, light blue, green, peach, brown black, aubergine, turquoise, ivory (10)
  • Condition: pile is uniformly low to knot collars, with partly oxidised browns

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