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Central Anatolia, Aksaray, 1750-1800.

The copper red dye and long staple lustrous wool is distinctive in a specific group of rug attributed to Aksaray, as are the cross devices seen in the border and inside the medallions. Other types were made in the environs with completely different characteristics. Note the small areas of aubergine dye. Octagonal reserves are formed by hooked, triangular brackets and within each are bold Crivelli-type medallions, one rendered in clear pale blue and the other in yellow-green. Each medallion centers a large, archaic Turkic kaikalik motif. Along the bottom is a panel of stepped devices in a kufesque style. A fragment, consisting of the top half of an almost identical rug, identified as Aksaray, 18th century, was with Mehmet Cetinkaya in Istanbul in 2007. Another very similar complete rug, with the same copper red ground and two large blue-green Crivelli medallions, but with a calyx and serrated leaf meander border, was exhibited by Franz Sailer in the Perugia Carpet Fair in 1997: ANTICHI ARTI TESSILI. It is published in the catalogue, p 68, and attributed to "Aksaray, 17th century."

Dennis Dodds Collection