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A Konya rug, Central Anatolia

Literature

Herrmann, E, Asiatische Teppich-und Textilekunst, Band 2, Munich, 1990, No.7, pp.22-23

Catalogue Note

Herrmann, in his entry for this rug, op.cit. discusses possible origins for the spandrels motif, considering them to be mythical birds, probably Senmurv (Simourgh), see ibid, Abb.7, their presence mediating between heaven and earth. In recent correspondence he suggested these bird motifs, which he relates to the drawing of the animals in the MMA 14th century animal rug, in defining the field shape resulting from their framing are also at the root of the so called  ‘animal skin carpet’ design. Opinions continue to vary as to whether these anthropomorphic figures are accidental - purely the geometricization of the forms found in workshop rugs of the period - or whether, as for example Alan Marcuson suggests in ‘When is a prayer rug not a prayer rug’ in Hali Issue 152, pp. 101-105, the weavers of village rugs took those motifs and deliberately transfigured them into forms which held mythical significance for them. Marcuson, ibid., p.104, fig.10 illustrates a Konya rug, 16th century, TIEM 772 with a related border, in monochrome red on a yellow ground. 

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