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Reconstruction of a XVI century (first half) Turkish rug with a large pattern 'Holbein' design and small interlaced medallions


: 139x210cm

Size (ft)
: 4'6"x6'10"

2.91 m2

120 000 knots per square meter, totally ~350 000 knots

Colors: Yellow, madder red, maroon, brown, dark medium blue, cerulean blue, variegated green, ivory, dark brown.

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

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

Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height:


This is a reconstruction of a first half XVI century large pattern Holbein rug on a yellow ground carpet. The original rug is in the Moshe Tabibnia Collection today.

‘Holbein’ rug, Anatolia, first half 16th century, 1.32 x 2.05m (4'4" x 6'9"). Moshe Tabibnia Collection

A Turkish rug with a Holbein medallion depicted in Ercole de' Roberti's "Madonna with Child and Saints". 1480. Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

1438 (=2017 weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe


Weaving Period:
Four months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

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