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A 'Transylvanian' prayer rug, West Anatolia
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THOMAS AND GWEN FARNHAM

A 'Transylvanian' prayer rug, West Anatolia
Estimation
20 00030 000
Lot. Vendu 50,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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A 'Transylvanian' prayer rug, West Anatolia

Provenance

The Textile Gallery, London

Description

This lot belongs to the group of Transylvanian prayer rugs with uncertain origin. They have been known as “Transylvanian Oushaks,” “church-type rugs,” and prayer rugs of Melas or Ghiordes origin, among others, see Stefano Ionescu, Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania, Rome, 2005, p. 65. Similarly to lot 51 in this sale, these prayer rugs are now considered provincial interpretations of weavings produced in court workshops in Istanbul and Cairo. As customary for rugs of this group, the field is left unadorned and the decoration is concentrated to the spandrels and the borders letting the soft yet powerful madder red field balance the intricate and detailed design motifs. With its brown scrolling tendrils, this lot belongs to a sub-group of single-niche Transylvanian prayer rugs, see Iionescu, op. cit., pp. 142-145, figs. 149-158. The border decoration, which consists of delicately drawn palmettes and pine cones, is clearly influenced by Ottoman court style floral decoration. Although at first the border decoration seems simpler than it is in related weavings, on close inspection it becomes clear that it only appears more basic because the dyes of many of the secondary motifs within the border have oxidized and are now barely visible. For a prayer rug most similar to the present lot with its madder red field, tendril-filled spandrels and rosette and pinecone border, also considered by Ionescu as one of the earliest of the group with finely designed main and secondary borders, see Ionescu, op. cit., p. 143, cat. 153.

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