North West Anatolia Marmara region Çanakkale Niche Kilim

Early 18th Century North West Anatolia Marmara region Çanakkale Niche Kilim

Kilims showing double niche designs were woven in many Anatolian regions, but there are significant differences in terms of style, palette and the use of individual designs specific to particular locations. This two-panel Canakkale kilim displays six plain green-, red- or aubergine-ground panels containing double niches. Their arches are decorated with parmakli designs extending far into the white-ground sections at the sides. Two facing fork shapes attached to thin long poles – stylised oil lamps – are the only motifs seen in the niches. The six panels are separated by sets of three horizontal stripes. The fork shapes of the inner stripes may represent abstract birds. – Always cautious when determining age, Hirsch assumes a mid 18th century date. Judging from the quality of the drawing and colours, we believe that the kilim could have been made ca. 1700s or earlier. A fragmented kilim of the same group was exhibited in Basel in 1997. Two examples published by Cootner and Wolff-Diepenbrock belong to the same group. – Obvious signs of age and wear, missing sections; the side finishes have largely been lost. Mounted onto canvas.Size 145 x 440 cm

Literature:
RAGETH, JÜRG (Hrsg.), Anatolian Kilims & Radiocarbon Dating. A New Approach to Dating Anatolian Kilims. (Ausstell. Kantonsmuseum Baselland, Liestal) Riehen 1999, Tf. 19 *** COOTNER, CATHRYN & MUSE, GARRY, Anatolian Kilims. The Caroline & H. McCoy Jones Collection. San Francisco-London 1990, Tf. 15 *** WOLFF-DIEPENBROCK, JOHANNES (Hrsg.), Eine Sammlung. Textilien aus Anatolien, dem Kaukasus, Persien, Mittelasien, Zentral- und Ostafrika. Köln 2009, Tf. S. 77

Published:
VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Anatolia. Kilims und andere Flachgewebe aus Anatolien. (Text: Udo Hirsch) München 1997, Nr. 24

 

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