Central Anatolian rugs of the late 17th and 18th centuries preserve modes and features of weaving from the classical period of the 15th and 16th centuries while developing and expanding on their own regional characteristics. While this statement may seem obvious and applicable to any variety of post-classical art, it is crucial to keep in mind when attempting to explain the host of seemingly eccentric features of design and drawing seen in this central Anatolian village rug, most probably woven in Kecimuhsine in the vicinity of Konya. While this piece is clearly a part of the Anatolian design tradition sometimes known as "Type III Holbein", it is removed from the weavers of those classical era pieces in both space and time and liberated from their hierarchies and structures as well. Of particular relevance to this piece is the treatment of its two octagonal medallions. Outlining in classical linked "s" motifs on the top and bottom gives way to networks of village latch-hooks on the sides. What is so striking perhaps is how codified such eccentricities seem to be in this piece. Corner-pieces at times seem to morph into pinwheels and the entire internal structure of the octagons, while consistent are far from what would be expected. There is a method to this madness. Central green cruciforms terminate in abstracted foliage, the top and bottom arms of each noticeably irregular and weighted at the top. The counter-balancing blue variants do not emanate horizontally from the center but rather extend from a network of tracery encroaching from the sides. Here the original design gives way to create a whole new sense of internal space, organization, and balance. In the spirit of great Anatolian village weaving, color is paramount with a particularly diverse range painting the "etek" lappets. The result is a renewed dynamism which is the hallmark of great post-classical Anatolian village weavings.
Kecimuhsine rug18th Century
- original pile intact. original selvedges with the exception of one section that has been rewoven. Full flat woven end one end with some damage. Missing flat woven end other end
- Being sold on behalf of Mr. Gary Bortz
- 4' 8"
- 6' 3"
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