Lot 26
  • 26

Two Şarkışla carpet fragments, East Anatolia, Sivas province

5,500 - 7,500 GBP
50,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Wool, pile


Eskenazi, J.,'The Alexander Collection: Part I Weaving as Liturgy', Hali, April/May 1994, issue 74, p. 83, fig. 3.

Alexander, C., A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art The Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets, New York, 1993, pp. 138 - 141, ill p. 139, p. 76 (detail).

Catalogue Note

Alexander, in discussing these richly coloured and enigmatic fragments, op cit, p.138 suggests an origin of Şarkışla and likens the motifs to fish and dragons, drawing on Norwegian and Chinese carvings and architecture. Şarkışla weaves are known to have offset knotting and often exhibit a patterning more associated with kilims - which is true of this example.

One very similar weaving, which shares the polychrome cloudband and stylised cloudband border, is published in Spuhler. F., Die Orienteppiche im Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin, Germany, 1987, pl. 23, dated to the 16/17th century. Another example, again with similar border design and colouring is in the Vakiflar carpet museum, Istanbul, inv. no. A-84, Turkish Carpets from the 13th- 18th centuries, 1996, p. 131, plate 94, this example dated to the late 16th century. Very few of these works appear in auction; one sold at Sotheby’s New York, 14 December 2001, lot 26, for $26,050, this example also sharing the intense yellow and red colouring.

Another very striking rug which shares near exact colouring is in the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, see Denny. W., The Carpet and the Connoisseur The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs, Verona, 2016, p. 157, cat. no. 37. Denny likens the Ballard example to 15th century Venetian silks which were imported to the Ottoman Empire as early as the first half of the 16th century, ibid, pp. 149 & 156. On examining some of these silks one can see comparisons, for example a 16th century Venetian silk published Geijer. A., A History of Textile Art, London, 1979, pl. 49 – b, in deep red and gold has a stem and ’pomegranate’ motif which has a close semblance to the stem and leaves above and below the half lozenge in the offered lot.