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Quatrefoil Star Ushak rug (based on the XVII century Star Ushak rug found at Divrigi Mosque)


Size: 204x320cm

Size (ft): 6'8"x10'6"

Area: 6.5 m2

Colors: red, light red, medium blue, yellow, light green, green, dark blue, ivory, dark brown.

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

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and light red wool wefts (two shots). 1cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides. - wool on wool

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.5cm

Ends: knotted bundles

Inscriptions: 1438 (=2017 weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar and Kayi tribes. "Piri Reis" - (a well known Ottoman-Turkish admiral, geographer and cartographer from the 16th century).

Weaver: Rahila, Leyla

Weaving Period: Six months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: The design is based on the XVII century Star Ushak rug found at Divrigi Mosque, Sivas. The madder-red field with polychrome angular flowering vine around diagonally spaced indigo star medallions containing yellow interlaced arabesques, these medallions linked by similar smaller lozenge medallions, in a dark brown border of cloudband motif.

Woven in the Ushak region of western Turkey, "Star Ushak" carpets were made for regional consumption and for export throughout Europe in the XV-XVII centuries. Their association in European paintings with royalty and sanctity underscores the status these carpets enjoyed as luxury trade goods.

Henry VIII standing on a Star Ushak carpet. c. 1567. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. by Hans Eworth - Flemish painter, (active 1540-1574 in England)

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