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Central Anatolia, Cappadocia region, circa 1700. Purchased from a village house near Urgup in 1977, this long carpet displays a series of segmented blossoms from the Ottoman quattrefleurs pattern book. Dr. Friedrich Spuhler devoted much study of this group of carpets in the major publication, ORIENT STARS, the splendid collection of Heinrich Kirchheim. Many of these pieces (often referred to as 'yellow-ground Konyas') are on a yellow ground, as well as being heavily wefted. Another characteristic is the almost complete oxidation of brown/black dyes in the border, The striking white ground in this example is an attractive and unusual feature, as are the aubergine blossoms. It is most likely a product of a Cappadocian village and not from Konya.


Dennis Dodds Collection