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1600s Aksaray rug

Lot: 167
Aksaray, a town on the western edge of the ancient cultural landscape of Cappadocia, carpets have been woven since the Seljuk period. This important example shows a four-and-one composition on a red ground, with a large blue octogram at the centre and a corner design of green figures. Some of these ornaments may be interpreted as abstract animal figures, which could only be depicted in hidden form when the ban on images was increasingly enforced. The design concept of a central design and four accompanying motifs is encountered in many of the oldest Central Anatolian rugs, and probably dates back to a pre-Ottoman tradition. Reduced ends, incomplete sides, several holes.
Origin: Central Anatolia
Dimensions: 200 x 139 cm
Age: 17th century
Estimate: 24,000
Literature: ÖLĮER, NAZAN & DENNY, WALTER, Anatolian Carpets. Masterpieces From The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts Istanbul. Bern 1999, Vol. II, pl. 18


Major Autumn Auction
Auction date: Saturday 04. December 2010
Rippon Boswell