East Anatolia, late 17th century
203 x 147 cm (6’ 8” x 4’ 10”)
Condition: very good according to age, heavily corroded brown, pile low in places, scattered small old repairs, selvedges partially rebound, original lower kilim end
Warp: wool, weft: wool, pile: wool
This late 17th century Sarkisla rug was bought from Rippon Boswell in 2000 (HALI 112, p. 147). The use of offset knotting, typical of rugs from the east Anatolian town of Sarkisla, southwest of Sivas, allows for steep diagonals, with cleaner outlines than the stepped effect created by the more usual Turkish knot.
Ralph Yohe observed a very similar pattern in a rug found in the towns Great Mosque (HALI 2/1, 1979). Robert Chenciner also photographed some of the oldest examples kept there, thereby establishing the common attribution (Robert Chenciner, Dragons, Padlocks and Tamerlanes Balls: A Material-Cultural Memoir of Textiles, Art, Metals and Myths, 2012, p. 4857).
Older examples, from the early 17th century, show an earlier stage of design development. While the red-ground pieces have generally been attributed to the 18th century, a wonderful rare yellow-ground example with the same pattern and border, attributed to the 17th, is published in Heinrich Kirchheim, Orient Stars, 1993, Pl. 214.
A probable design precursor, an East Anatolian rug from the Ulu Mosque in Divrigi, is now in the Vakiflar Museum in Istanbul (Belkis Balpinar & Udo Hirsch, Vakiflar Museum Istanbul, Carpets 1988, pl. 63). Displaying the same tile pattern of polygons with totemic motifs, it is described as having a Caucasian influence and being difficult to date.
Estimate: € 20000 - 30000
Availability date: 0000-00-00