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"Lotto" rug in a kilim style, XVI century, Western Turkey, Ushak Region, Ottoman Empire. Currently Moshe Tabibnia Collection (Hali 186)

Lot: 222
This Lotto, probably made in the surroundings of Ushak, originally belonged to an old German private collection and, to our knowledge, is previously unpublished. Its field design is drawn in a kilim style, with a strictly symmetrical composition of three complete cross designs placed along the central axis. The border type, with an angled, elongated vine on a pale blue ground in the centre stripe and small serrated leaves and arrows in the outer guard stripe, is known to occur in only a very few other examples. Lotto carpets, named for their representations in paintings by the Venetian Renaissance painter, Lorenzo Lotto, were produced over a long period (16th – 18th centuries). Examples can be found in all important carpet collections in museums, and a substantial number has survived in the Protestant churches of Transsylvania. – Obvious signs of age and wear, low pile, old repairs. Both outer borders have been repiled, the blue flat-woven selvedges constitute the original condition. The main border has been cut on the right and rejoined, this section is missing ca. three centimetres of the original border width.
Origin: West Anatolia
Dimensions: 208 x 132 cm
Age: 16th century
Estimate: 10,000.00 €, sold 74,420 €
Literature: IONESCU, STEFANO (ed.), Die Osmanischen Teppiche in Siebenbürgen. Rome 2006, cat. 28

Major Spring Auction
Auction date: Saturday 28. May 2011
Rippon Boswell & Co. International Auctioneers of Rare Carpets & Textiles