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"Lotto" carpet in a "kilim" style, second half 16th century, Western Turkey, Ushak Region, Ottoman Empire. Major Autumn Auction, 01. December 2007. Rippon Boswell & Co. International Auctioneers of Rare Carpets & Textiles. Sold for 60 000 euros. 110x170cm.
Previously sold for DM 49 560 at Rippon Boswell (20 May 1995), lot 147.
"kilim'-style Lotto rugs are of small format, but few are as well-drawn
and as distinguished as this early example. Sadly the pattern has lost
clarity, in part due to severe corrosion of the brown outlines separating
the yellow designs from the red ground. The wide dark blue "ragged
palmette' design borders are less affected and in this aristocratic
version, dominate the field. Apart from those depicted in 17th century
Dutch paintings, most small "kilim" style Lottos were either found in
Transylvania or appear to have been exported from Turkey by the
Transylvanian route to Hungary and from there to western Europe. Compared
with this rug, the great majority are late, simple in design, uninspiring
in colour and coarse in structure. Among the smaller number nearer the
same age and type as the RB rug (and with the same main border) several
have been found in Transylvania (Mus¬eum of Applied Arts, Budapest.
inv.no. 14.433 & 14.432. in Batari, Ottoman Turkish Carpets, Budapest
1994. nos.9. 10; Evangelical Church. Rupea. and Brukenthal Museum. Sibiu.
in Kertesz-Badrus. Turkische Teppiche in Siebenburgen, Bucharest 1985.
image courtesy: www.rugtracker.com, John Taylor