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Lot: 237
Double Niche Ushak An example of a double niche Ushak of great artistic value, very finely woven in outstanding colours. Originally in the same German private collection as lot nos. and purchased in the Madrid antique trade some fifty years ago, the item is directly comparable to a carpet in the McIlhenny Collection in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Both examples have delicately drawn green arabesques in the corners and are as identical as twins in terms of the interior drawing of a small central motif and the ornamentation of the main borders. Uniformly low pile, completely corroded brown, the outer secondary borders are missing at both ends. The carpet has been glued to a linen backing that may be impossible to remove.
Origin: West Anatolia
Dimensions: 143 x 102 cm
Age: 16th century
Estimate: 6,500.00
End price: 164,700.00
Literature: ELLIS, CHARLES GRANT, Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia 1988, no. 28

Major Spring Auction

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