Tulu Prayer Rug

Circa 1900
Karapinar, Central Anatolia
165 cm x 110 cm
5'5" x 3'7"

The overall composition of this niche design rug relates it to a group of white ground central Anatolian prayer rugs, mostly woven with more traditional motifs. The primitive nature of the drawing imparts here a cave-like appearance to the niche. The use of silky Angora mohair wool (filik in Turkish) is characteristic of the most precious Tulus.

  • Warp: wool, ivory
  • Weft: wool, ivory, 3-6 shots between knotted rows
  • Knot: symmetrical, weaving direction adjacent to niche, no warp depression
  • Knot count: 4H x 3V = 12 knots/square inch
  • Selvages: three sets of paired warps
  • Ends: weft-faced plain weave; top with corded fringes
  • Colours: ivory, maroon (corrosive), light green, red, grey blue, camel, orange (7)
  • Condition: very good, in full pile with the exception of some oxidised maroons

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