Knot count: 14V/cm; 15H/cm.
Polychrome silk fringes
For a recent relevant review of considering the unattributed Kum Kapi pieces, see Önder Çokay, M., ‘Istanbul’s masters of silk’, Hali, 192, Summer 2017, pp.104-107 (extracted from the exhibition catalogue of 2015 when last exhibited). The article discussed the Kum Kapi workshops and the highlights from the Arkas Carpet Collection, which will be on view at the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum in Istanbul (October 2017), The present rug follows in the tradition of the combination of the Persian and Ottoman designs, with a symmetrical design incorporating animals including Chinese inspired Qilin, with palmettes and lattice scroll. Silk rugs from the workshops of the master weavers, Zareh Penyamian, Hagoup Kapoudijian, Toussounian and Garabed Apelian, known for his golden yellow grounds, have appeared on the market and are in museum and private collections. Other weavers include Avedis Tamishjian, master weaver who established workshops in the Kum Kapi district of Istanbul around 1920 and who worked for the merchant Nuh'negi.
For comparable field designs and similar palmette designed borders see Sotheby’s, 27 April 2005, lot 95, not signed & lot 99, with cartouche border, and Sotheby’s, London, 12 April 1989, lot 554, with inscriptions khuda (God) and anj (Zenith).
For further discussion of this famed group of silk and metal thread Kum Kapi rugs, see Farrow, George, F, Hagop Kapoudjian, The First and Greatest Master of the Kum Kapi School, London 1993; Farrow, G, ‘Kum Kapi Masters’, Hali, 1989, issue 46, p.11. and Bensoussan, Pamela, ‘The Masterweavers of Istanbul’, Hali, 1985, issue 26, p. 38.
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