Herat Antique Oriental Rugs










ANATOLIAN


Title:
Anatolian Prayer Rug
Central Anatolia
Size:

46” x 66”
(117 x 186 cm)

Circa:
1850
Cat. #:
384
Description:

Precise attribution of this rug can be a little elusive.

The central Anatolian towns of Kirsehir and Mudjar are in close proximity.

During the 19th century it is likely that many rugs with similar design and color characteristics were produced throughout the Kirsehir-Mudjar region.

I have labeled this rug Kirsehir based on design, coloration and structural characteristics.

Structurally, the displaced warp construction suggests Kirsehir rather than Mudjar.

In the Kirsehir tradition, the wool is soft and of medium density.

The narrow, multiple borders decorated with rosettes, meandering vines and assorted floral motifs are clearly within the Kirsehir tradition.

The colors are warm and subdued and have developed a genuinely aged patina giving the rug a stately, elegant presence.

All the colors are from natural dye sources.

Condition:

Full pile with moderate oxidation to the brown in the border area. Approximately 5% has been re-piled. The quality of the work is excellent.

Structure:
Warps:
Wool, natural, two strands, Z-spun, S-plied, with warp displacement.
   
Wefts:
Wool, natural brown, two strands, Z-spun, S-plied, two wefts between each row of knots.
   
Knots:
Symmetrical.
   
Sides:
Four cord selvedge wrapped in wool.
   
Ends:

About one inch (1") of the original weft-faced plain weave has survived at one end.

   
Handle:

Moderately supple.

Price:

On Request

Personal Note: The all natural dyes in this rug include cochineal. I have posted two articles in the "Articles of Interest" section discussing this dye.
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