Acquired June 24, 1919 by the Bernheimer Family The Bernheimer Family Collection of Carpets, Christie's, London, February 14, 1996, lot 24
The field design of the present lot would indicate it is one of the earlier of the genus, see Pinner. R., 'Multiple and Substrate Designs in Early Anatolian & Mediterranean Carpets', Hali, issue 42, pp. 23 - 42 for a discussion of the field design of these 'Lotto' rugs and a general discussion of the group.
Overall measurements: 118cm across the top, 116cm across the bottom, 160cm the left hand side, 154cm the right hand side.
Areas of severe wear as visible from photograph. Severe corrosion. Patched with related rugs. Condition generally as visible in image, with loss to all four edges. Condition is reflected in the estimate. "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."