This evocative red-ground piece was woven in the Northwest coastal region of Turkey, most probably in the vicinity of Balikesir. This area was inhabited by various nomadic Turkmen groups, some of whom were resettled there by the Ottoman authorities in the 16th century. Despite the square shape and geometric contours of this piece, the spacial articulation used here is a tribal weaver's rendition of the so-called "Bellini" type 'double key-hole' prayer rugs of the 16th and 17th centuries. Rectangular sections in the center top and bottom, articulated with thin green bands, stand in for the more curvilinear classical key-hole forms. Each is punctuated with a central latch-hook diamond. Elaborate corner-pieces recall an amalgam of the various vegetal and architectural forms found in classical 16th century renditions of this type. While these classical forms may not have been readily understood by the weaver of this piece, she has artistically improvised with four fantastic pointed cartouches denoting their significance with her own artistic take on the subject matter. A large diamond central medallion floats in the center of the field, and is composed of layers of latch-hooks. Here again, we see a tribal village weaver's artful reinterpretation of classical drawing. While this piece and its design predecessor are separated by social status and geography, their distance in date is a matter of speculation.
West Anatolian rugc. 1700
- Conserved and mounted. Frame available.
- 4' 6"
- 5' 3"
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