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Historical rug with animal design, 13-14th centuries. Turkey or Azerbaian. Kircheim Orient Stars Collection. The rug is also named as "Faces rug" by some sources.




One of the earliest extant knotted-pile rugs in which offset knotting appears is the well-known "Faces" rug in the Kircheim collection. Both of its wide borders were executed completely with offset symmetrical knotting, although the entire field was done with normal, vertically-aligned knotting. The outer red and blue border has flat, scrolling kilim-type forms, while the second border has multicolored hexagons enclosing kilim-derived motifs. Full view photos of this rug appear in Orient Stars, Plate 218, and Turkish Carpets from the 13th - 18th Century, Plate 14. The rug has been variously attributed to Anatolia and Azerbaijan, and is generally thought to date from the 13th or 14th century.  (text: Marla Mallett: Early Examples of Offset Knotting)