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A 'Transylvanian' prayer rug, West Anatolia

Provenance

Sotheby's New York, 15 December 2000, lot 105

Catalogue Note

A very similar example to the offered lot is in the Black Church, Brașov, inv. 180, see Ionescu. S. (ed), Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania, Rome, 2005, p. 148, cat. 166. What is most unusual in both examples is the 'Gothic' border, reminiscent of cathedral vaults, which is very rare among the 'Transylvanian' group; there are only five recorded examples with such a border, including the present lot. The pistachio green seen here is also unusual. In addition this example shares the 'flowering-stems' within the spandrels with the Brașov rug, although with the interesting addition of the lone red flowerhead. They also share the 'head-and-shoulder' mihrab with plain field; the offered lot differs with inclusion of the three sprigs of leaves in the camel field, the central motif probably derived from the Mosque lamp design in other classical works. This lot is woven 'upside down', commensurate with the 'Transylvanian' group. Sotheby's is grateful to Stefano Ionescu for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.

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