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"Lotto" rug, Western Turkey, Ushak Region, Ottoman Empire.

Sotheby's Sale: W02870 | Location: London, Olympia
Auction Dates: Session 1: Wed, 27 Feb 02

LOT 40 (of 83)

Property of Various Owners
fW - An Ushak 'Lotto' rug, West Anatolia, late 16th/17th century

4,0006,000 GBP
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 4,700 GBP

193 x 124cm., 6 ft. 4 in. x 4 ft. 1 in.

Description: Rugs of this group, with their arabesque lattice design usually in saffron yellow on a madder ground were woven from the 15th until the 17th century. The group takes its name from the Venetian artist Lorenzo Lotto, who depicted several rugs of this design in his work, although they are extensively depicted in European painting from the early 16th until the late 17th century. Indeed, the popularity of the design in Europe is illustrated by the fact that the design was copied in early European carpets.

image source:, John Taylor