Yatak with Stepped Niches

Circa 1760
Cappadoccia, East Central Anatolia
202 cm x 140 cm
6'7" x 4'7"

I have always been in awe of this rug. It has a very deep soul and at the same time it’s full of joy and hope. Watching the rainbow as my eye reaches the top of the stacked niches of varying widths is an experience that taught me a lot about Anatolian colour. The three fork shaped elements that embellish the narrower niches feel both archaic and humorous. The eye motifs that punctuate the ever changing colours of the background gently transport us to an other-worldly dimension.

  • Warp: wool, ivory
  • Weft: wool, beige, dark brown and pink, 4-8 shots between knotted rows
  • Knot: symmetrical, weaving direction is adjacent to niches, no warp depression
  • Knot count: 4H x 3V = 12 knots/square inch
  • Selvages: missing
  • Ends: missing
  • Colours: ivory, light blue, brown, aquamarine, light rose, coral, cochineal red (7)
  • Condition: unrestored; conserved on a beige cotton backing
Marcuson, Hall and Muse, London; Gail Martin Collection, New York.

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