Central Anatolia, circa 1700
215 x 148 cm (7’ 1” x 4’ 10”)
Condition: very good according to age, pile low in places, selvedges rebound, both ends original, left outer border partially restored, some old repairs in the field
Warp: wool, weft: wool, pile: wool
Once in the collection of New York collector and dealer Ronnie Newman, this rug represents a village interpretation of the small medallion Ushak style but within the milieu of Konya weaving style.
This is reflected in the lappets at the end of the rug which are related to the panels seen on velvet Catma yastiks from the period, and the palette and weave confirm the broad Konya attribution. Many of the elements are familiar from village and workshop rugs from the 16th century onwards but there are no directly comparable pieces in the literature. The closest analogy is in Heinrich Kirchheim, Orient Stars, 1993, pl. 176, dated to 17th century or earlier.
The layout of the field is an interesting indicator of age in that the field is farmed by a white minor border under which the field colour extends rather than limited, a feature that is associated with rugs from the 16th century.
The joy of the village workshops production is shown in the subtle variations in the design and act as a signature of Konya area production: the hooks in white and yellow are unknown in formal workshop rugs as are the minor borders which are related to decoration used on tribal bedding bags used throughout the region, the field has curled motifs that are interpretations of the elaborate cloudbands and arabesques found on the earliest and highest quality small medallion Ushaks.
It is also interesting to note that the rug has the deep aubergine associated with the region and early rugs and that the central medallion is on green ground but with an elaborate blue medallion, this colour being achieved by overdyeing the blue with the yellow.
Estimate: € 30000 - 50000