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"Bellini" double re-entrant rug (XVI century design)

Code: BLDR02A

Size: 125x175cm

Size (ft): 4'1"x5'8"

Area: 2.18 m2

Density: 110 000 knots per square meter, totally ~240 000 knots

Colors: red, yellow, green, ivory, dark brown, medium blue, royal blue, variagated green, old purple/mauve, maroon.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), cochineal, onion skins, indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural dark brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool.

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and soft red wool wefts (two shots, dyed with madder, onion skins and walnut husks). 1cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides. - wool on wool

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.8cm

Ends: five rows of decorative knotted meshwork

Inscriptions: 1443 (weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe, tamga (tribal seal) of Kayi tribe


Weaver: Vusala

Weaving Period: 3 months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: This type of 15-16th century Turkoman prayer rugs can be seen in the paintings of Venetian painters Gentile Bellini (c. 1429 – 23 February 1507) and his brother Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430 – 26 November 1516). The central field carries a "re-entrant" design and its center contains a small medallion flanked by a double inverted mihrab or "keyhole". Similar re-entrant or keyhole design rugs are depicted in Lorenzo Lotto's (b. ca. 1480, Venezia - d. 1556, Loreto) paintings too.

The main border of the rug is the same type depicted in a rug in Bellini's "Portrait of the Doge of Venice Loredan and his four advisers", 1507.

"Portrait of the Doge of Venice Loredan and his four advisers" 1507, by Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430 – 26 November 1516). Gemäldegalerie art museum, Berlin

"Husband and Wife", 1523, Oil on canvas, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg. by Lorenzo Lotto (b. 1480 Venezia - d. 1556, Loreto)

Madonna and Child with Saints, 1521, Church of Santo Spirito, Bergamo. by Lorenzo Lotto

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