Lot 29
  • 29

A fragmented Konya prayer rug

3,500 - 5,000 GBP
62,500 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Wool, pile
catalogued according to design orientation


San Francisco, M. H. de Young Museum, The Christopher Alexander Collection, November 1990 - February 1991.


Hali, April/May 1994, issue 74, cover illustration & p. 4.

Alexander, C., A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art The Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets, New York, 1993, pp. 240 - 242, ill. pp. 38, 101, 241 & 349 - shown in the San Francisco M. H. de Young Museum, 1990/91.

Alexander. C., 'Early Turkish Rugs A New Way of Looking', Hali, April, 1991, issue 56, p. 119.

Catalogue Note

This prayer rug shares similarities with the so called ‘Transylvanian’ double column prayer rugs and seems to be a variation on the design. Like the 'Transylvanian' rugs this lot is woven with the pile going against the design orientation. The use of motifs is also similar to this genre, see Ionescu. S., Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania, Rome, 2005 for comprehensive discussion on the ‘Transylvanian' group. Interestingly the border design seems to be variation of the cartouches we see in the 'Transylvanian' rugs, but which is also found in some of the Oushak ‘Lotto’ rugs; an example can be seen Denny. W., The Carpet and the Connoisseur The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs, Verona, 2016, p. 83. Cat. no. 10. However, the present lot has depressed warps, an attribute associated with rugs from Ladik: one such example which bears similarities in design and colour to the offered lot can be seen in Lemaistre. J. & Franses. M, Tapis Present de L’Orient A L’Occident, Paris, 1989, pp. 132 – 133. This example was also attributed to Ladik until after technical analysis was later assigned to Oushak.