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Antique Konya rug, Central Anatolia, Turkey, mid 19th century. Alberto Levi Gallery

Rug with a ‘Mother Goddess’ figure
Central Anatolia
Konya area
Circa 1850
145 x 100 cm (4’9” x 3’3”)
Symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation

A rare and unusual piece, this rug is characterised by a central stylised element derived the Mother Goddess motif. Six-pointed stars contained within octagons, which also decorate the apricot border, punctuate the dark brown field. Weavings from the villages around Konya sometimes show design elements taken from the iconography of kilims and often juxtapose these motifs with Turkic-style repeat patterns, as in the case of this example and certain yatak rugs.