Articulated with a central column of three shield medallions against a madder red ground, this enigmatic Anatolian carpet was most likely woven in central Anatolia in the vicinity of Konya. This identification is based mainly on weave and palette. The shield medallion format is more reminiscent of rugs from Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus. Likewise, the border seen in this piece with eight-pointed stars drawn within octagons is more typical of Kurdish weaving. The articulation of the shield medallions in this piece display a whimsical asymmetry where the bottom most motif, woven first, is elongated into an arrow-shaped pendant. An organic transition from bottom to top renders a fully and evenly articulated medallion at the top position.
Central Anatolian rug19th C (2nd Q)
- Outer minor border re-woven one end. Areas of re-knotting
- 5' 3"
- 10' 3"
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