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rug fragment, 1200s, Konya, Turkey.
Published Hali 48 , Dec.1989, p.49
This carpet, found in the Alaeddin Keykubad Mosque in Konya, belongs to the oldest extant group of carpets after that of Pazyryk. The field decoration consists of small, repetitive geometric motifs, such as swastikas, hooked octagons, and so on. The main border's decoration consists of eight pointed stars, while the minor borders are filled with "S" shaped motifs. Although they appear to be abstract in nature, they are, in fact, derived from the flower world.