Alexander, C., A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art The Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets, New York, 1993, pp. 198 - 201, ill. pp. 73 (detail) & 199
Hali, Summer 1979, vol. II, no. 1, p. 67.
The present work, as with lot 29, has been woven with displaced warps and so may have originated from Ladik. However elements within the design would suggest the Karapinar region, see lot 30 for a discussion on the group. In the entry in his book Alexander likens the large ‘guls’ within the field to early an early Seljuk carpet, which may be their origination. When advertised in 1979 this rug was catalogued as an ‘Anatolian Village Rug, 16th century.’ The border design within the offered lot is similar to some of those cited in May Beattie’s article and Penny Oakley’s subsequent article, see Beattie. M., ‘Some Rugs of the Konya Region’, Oriental Art, London, Spring, 1976, vol. 22, pp. 60 – 75 and Oakley. P., 'fact or fiction 'Karapinar' rugs from Central Anatolia', Hali, Winter, 2010, issue 166, p. 41, pl. 2.
Overall measurements; 105cm across the top, 112cm across the bottom, 141cm the left hand side, 140cm the right hand side.
Pile varies from 1mm down to knotbars. Lower border irregularly rewoven. There are some replaced sections. Notably in the lower 'Seljuk' gul a section measuring approx. 15 by 6cm and a further in the blue ground to the left of the gul, rectangular measuring 15 by 5cm. The lower end largely replaced and irregularly shaped. A further section extending vertically from the top of the middle gul to the bottom of the upper gul measuring approx. 20 by 3cm and a further smaller found above this to the right measuring approx. 5 by 1cm. Some further patching and restoration throughout, first hand inspection advised. Photographs can be requested via the department on +44(0)207 293 6441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A rare and archiac work which retains its beauty. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."