184 x 195 cm (6’ x 6’ 5”)
Turkey, mid 19th century
Condition: good, full pile, both kilim ends damaged and restored, several old repairs
Warp: cotton, weft: wool, pile: wool
Estimate: € 4000 - 6000
The thick pile sleeping rugs called Yataks have been attributed to Konya as a matter of course, however, the weave and colours of this superlative example seem more related to the rugs made in the Menderes valley region of south-western Anatolia. While the Memling guls may be reminiscent of Konya and in particular its yellow ground rugs, the closest relations of this rug are the Dazkiri rugs which share the same deep green, red, yellow and orange as well as the lustrous pile. There is variety in the size and shape of the Memling guls, and the contrast of the white ground highlights the chromatic clarity of the whole field. The depth of the pile is obvious and is a reminder that the weaving legacy of much of Anatolia is attached to requirements of form and function associated with the semi-nomadic lifestyle of many villages in the region until the 20th century. While the pattern may be associated with the 15th century German painter, the artistic expression here is associated with village women of the 19th century.
2 000 €