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Central or Western Anatolian rug with a small medallion, circa 1700

Seen on http://www.maqam-rugs.com

"The majestic open field of rose madder centers a solitary small-pattern Holbein type l medallion. The outline of this motif is also seen on a carpet fragment discovered in the Eshrefoglu Mosque in Beyshehir that dates to the 15th century. See Erdmann, K., The History of the Early Turkish Carpet, p. 70, plate 70. Blue-green spandrels carry stylized geometric motifs and a vigorous and bold meandering angular vine of the 'Turkmen Line' type appears in the wide, pale yellow border. The palette, construction and wool quality all point to a central Anatolian origin, possibly Cappadocia. This open, spacious layout represents a village version of a 16th century style. A similar example is in the Turk ve Islam Museum in Istanbul, identified as western or central Anatolia, 17th or 18th century"