“On the basis of colour arrangement and
structure this outstanding kilim can be placed among a group of weavings
from the Antalya region, which Belkis Balpinar first described in the
literature in 1984... A very interesting fragment, differing only in small
details from the kilim introduced here, is in the Galveston Collection,
and another small fragment – perhaps also part of this group or possibly
of the west Anatolian red-ground group – is in the McCoy Jones
Collection... The weaving illustrated here must be the most beautiful and
most interesting, as well as the oldest example in this group of kilims
from the Antalya region known to date.” (JR)
We can only speculate
about the age, tribal origin and purpose of this important kilim. Based on
its mirror-image composition and measurements, it might have been one of
the heraldic camel trappings used by Anatolian nomads until very recently.
The pattern appears imbued with mystery. The solemn, statuesque figures
crested with ram horns at both ends of the field exude a numinous aura.
They appear to send signals to each other across the blood-red plain
ground, and to communicate with the cruciform diamond at the centre. The
expression “cult kilim” springs to the mind when looking at this
flatweave, the only completely preserved example of its kind.
Origin: South Anatolia
Size: 386 x 155 cm
Age: 18th century
Estimate: 6.500,00 €
Literature: COOTNER, CATHRYN & MUSE, GARRY,
Anatolian Kilims. The Caroline & H. McCoy Jones Collection. San
Francisco-London 1990, no. 101 *** PETSOPOULOS, YANNI, 100 Kelims.
Meisterwerke aus Anatolien. Munich 1991, no. 30
Major Spring Auction
Auction date: Saturday 29. May 2010
Boswell & Co. International Auctioneers of Rare Carpets & Textiles