This colorful rug was woven by Kurdish people living in southeastern Anatolia. These rugs are often known as "Yuruk," which is a Turkish word meaning "wanderer" or "nomad." Just how nomadic the weavers of these rugs were is often debated, as some authorities classify these pieces as village weavings from East Anatoila instead. Three pinwheel medallions form a column within the field, and each is centered with geometric strap work. This strap work design ultimately goes back to the so-called 'Holbein' patterns of classical 15th century Anatolian weaving. This group of rugs is known for its soft lustrous wool, and this piece does not disappoint. Its color is likewise adept, as it displays two shades of insect-derived magenta (either cochineal, local Ararat kermes, or both), as well as a vibrant saturated madder-derived red. The light indigo speckling in portions of the rug is a creative use of 'abrash,' and shows a heightened awareness of color.
Yuruk rugLate 19th C
- Excellent condition. Being sold on behalf of a private owner.
- 3' 3"
- 7' 0"
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