Lot 8
  • 8

An Anatolian carpet fragment

1,400 - 1,800 GBP
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  • Wool, pile
  • approximately 110 by 59cm; 3ft. 7in., 1ft. 11in.


Alexander, C., A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art The Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets, New York, 1993, pp. 325 - 326, ill. p. 325.

Alexander. C., 'Early Turkish Rugs A New Way of Looking', Hali, April, 1991, issue 56, p. 123.

Catalogue Note

Alexander assigns this beautiful fragment to  Bergama, due to the incorporation of ‘Ghirlandaio’ motifs, named after the 15th century Italian painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. As Alexander notes, these motifs appear in 17th and 18th ‘Holbein variant’ carpets; he cites two examples in the McMullan Collection, Metropolitan Museum, New York, Joseph V. McMulllan Islamic Carpets, New York, 1965, pls. 96 & 97, although Alexander does not mention his own ‘Large Pattern Holbein’ which also demonstrates this motif, lot 88. What is notable in the present lot is the repeat of the ‘Ghirlandaio’ motif, more akin to that of Turkman weaves, as is the dark brown-black pile, which is suggests an Eastern Anatolian origin is possible.