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The Gallery Aydin collection includes antique rugs, kilims and textile artifacts of different origins, and from different centuries. These historic textiles, comparable in quality to museum items, are of remarkable rarity and uniqueness, and they can be regarded as invaluable cultural heritage assets by textile art lovers, scholars, and collectors.

Caucasian Zeikhur Sumakh

Caucasian 1860s Zeikhur sumakh Complex small-pattern repeat of octagons, eight-pointed stars, palmettes, rosettes and many abstract animals is arranged symmetrically around the vertical axis of the red-ground field. The design reminiscent of older Caucasian silk embroideries. The piece is in original, excellent condition.Size 165 x 190m (5'5" x 6'3")

 

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Rare small-format Beshir rug

This rare, small-format Beshir shows schematically drawn boteh. There are some known large main carpets but this is a rare example with the small size. Good condition, with the kilim ends. Sides have been repaired.Circa 1840s Size 120 x 206m (3'11" x 6'9")

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West Turkestan Tekke Main Rug

Mid 19th Century Central Asia, West Turkestan Tekke Main Carpet

This large Tekke main carpet, with five by twelve primary güls, chemche secondary motifs and pile-woven elems decorated with small flowering plants, is impressive in terms of its perfection of drawing as well as its outstanding quality. It is very fine in weave and has a thick velvety pile. Octagons filled with a cross are lined up in the main border which is accompanied by narrow gyak stripes. While the spaces between the octagons of the vertical bands only contain tiny stepped polygons, blossoms and triangles, the weaver used a box-shaped motif decorated with four white double hooks as a dividing design in the horizontal borders. – Very good condition.Size 218 x 326 cm 

 

South West Persia, Kashqai Rug

Mid 19th century South West Persia, Kashqai

Comparatively coarse in weave and with slight irregularities in the execution of the characteristic, highly abstract garden design, this red-ground Qashqa’i is an early piece woven for home use by the Shekarlu tribe. A high pile of glossy wool, brilliant colours. – Very good condition, even the flatwoven finishes are preserved.Size 152 x 238 cm 

Literature:
BLACK, DAVID & LOVELESS, CLIVE, Woven Gardens. Nomad and Village Rugs of the Fars Province of Southern Persia. London 1979, no. 4 *** VÖLKER, ANGELA, Die orientalischen Knüpfteppiche im MAK. Vienna, Cologne, Weimar 2001, no. 112

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Central Asia Central Amu Darya Valley Beshir Rug

Mid 19th century Central Asia Central Amu Darya valley Beshir Rug

The carpets of the Beshir Turkmen differ greatly from the repertoire of other Turkmen tribes. Their designs and compositions, often influenced by Persian models, show no relationship with typical Turkmen gül ornamentation, and are surprising in their diversity. No other Turkmen tribe has woven designs as heterogeneous as these. To date, there has been little research into Beshir carpets, and a monograph on this interesting tribe is still outstanding. This attractive example,This large red-ground Beshir with an exemplary mina khani design and a geometric, stylised Herati border was probably made to order for a rich merchant from one of the Central Asian oasis towns for use in his home. The inner border design of halved diamonds and stepped lines on a white cotton ground is a rare feature. – Several expertly repiled sections, original finishes all around, good condition high pile.Size 210 x 335 cm

Literature:

ESKENAZI, JOHN J., L’Arte del Tappeto Orientale. Milan 1983, no. 284 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Teppiche. Sammlung Franz Bausback 1987/88. Mannheim 1987, pl. p. 194

WEST ANATOLIAN 'GHIRLANDAIO' RUG

 LATE 17TH CENTURY WEST ANATOLIAN 'GHIRLANDAIO' RUG
Minor light localised wear, a repaired tear and reweave to one side, a few minute cobbled repairs otherwise very good condition Size 141 x 210 cm 6ft.11in. x 4ft.8in.including the kilim ends.

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South Caucasian Chondzoresk Dated Rug

1855 Dated South Caucasian Chondzoresk Rug

This red-ground Chondzoresk displays three octagonal medallions in green and dark blue, each containing eight snake motifs arranged concentrically around a box shape. The spaces not covered by the main design are filled with stars, stepped polygons, diamonds and tiny scattered motifs. Frequently encountered in the Baku region, the design of the main border – dragon figures stylised to S-forms – is rare in Chondzoresk carpets. – Slight signs of wear in the pile, minor restored areas, good overall condition.Dated 1271 = 1855 Size 138 x 280 cm

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South West Anatolia Mugla Rug

Second Half 19th Century South West Anatolia, Mugla province

In this Megri, a deep green double niche decorated with four large blossoms takes up almost the whole of the narrow field. The lower arch is straight-sided while the upper one has stepped sides. The yellow spandrels contain red triangular forms enclosing arrow motifs. The border design – three bands in green, golden yellow and white – is typical of the provenance. Brilliant colours. – Slight signs of wear in the pile, good overall condition, original finishes all around.Size 92 x 148 cm 

Literature:
YOHE, RALPH S. & McCOY JONES, H., Turkish Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1968, Nr.56 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Anatolische Knüpfteppiche aus vier Jahrhunderten. Mannheim 1978, Tf. S.109

 

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South West Caucasian Sevan Carpet

 Second half 19th century South West Caucasian Sevan Carpet

This red-ground Sevan Kazak displays a huge “winged shield” medallion, its interior covered in small dots. The red cartouche at the centre encloses a smaller white cartouche. The wide white outline is adorned with stars, while large palmettes on a yellow ground constitute the design of the main border. An almost identical example was exhibited in London in 1983. – Good high pile on it original selvedges.

Literature:
THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. The art of carpets from the tents, cottages and workshops of Asia. London 1983, pl. p. 115

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Central Asia West Turkestan Salor Main Carpet

Central Asia West Turkestan Salor Main Carpet

West Turkestan late 18th century, asymmetrical knot open to the left in dense warp layering, H 50, V 55 = 2,750 kts/sqm. The Salor tribes with their carpets represent the aristocracy of Turkmen tribes. They used a high proportion of luxurious materials, such as silk and insect-derived dyes. Their products are especially rare, and so far only 37 complete central carpets from this group have been published. This finely knotted red piece is also wider than usual with 6 horizontal gülli-gül rows, in contrast to the more common five-row central carpets. A comparable specimen in the same size and with the same number of güls can be found only in Jourdan’s Battenberg catalogue. In contrast to smaller knotted pieces, a high proportion of silk has been used here, which is rather rare in large-format carpets. This piece is in good pile condition for its age, with a few low areas. A few sewn tears and repairs as well as two large repairs to the right outer long side. At both ends, the former kilim ends are no longer preserved and the narrow outer borders are trimmed short. Edge damage.Size 270 x 324  cm

Literature:

Elena Tsareva, Turkmen Carpets, Masterpieces of Steppe Art, from 16th to 19th Centuries,the Hoffmeister Collection, ill. 1; Jürg Rageth, Turkmen carpets, a new approach, vols I and II, cat. nos 16, 17; Elena Tsareva, Turkmen Carpets, the Neville Kingston collection, ill. pp. 26 and 27; Robert Pinner and Murray L. Eiland Jr., Between the Black Desert and the Red, Turkmen Carpets from the Wiedersperg Collection, plate 1; Catalogue of the exhibition “Wie Blumen in der Wüste”, on the occasion of the 7th International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC), Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, pl. 96; Uwe Jourdan, Battenberg antiques catalogue, Turkmen carpets, ill. 1; Werner Loges, Turkmen carpets, pl. 17

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South West Anatolia Dazkırı Kilim

First Half 19th Century South West Anatolia Dazkırı Kilim

This rare kilim from the Dazkiri region is woven without vertical borders, and only has two narrow border finishes at the ends. The dark brown field contains two complete hexagons with hooked outlines and a further one cut by the border. Linked to one another, each of the huge motifs encloses a central hooked diamond surrounded by concentric rings of serrated devices in brilliant and diverse colours. – Minor rewoven areas, good overall condition.Size 161 x 245 cm

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South East Caucasus, Moghan region Shahsavan Rug

South East Caucasus, Moghan Region Shahsavan Rug 

This knotted rug by the Shahsavan of the Moghan region displays a very rare design of geometric stylised palmettes, each enclosing an “S”-figure. The palmettes are arranged into steep colour diagonals and stand out very clearly from the earth brown, partially corroded ground. The angular drawing style of the motifs indicates that the design derives from kilim models. – Some of the brown sections have been repiled; good condition.Dated 1279 AH = 1863 Size 120 x 205 cm

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South East Caucasian, Azerbaijan Baku Zili Shaddas

South East Caucasian, Azerbaijan Baku Zili Shaddas

Middle of 19th Century South East Caucasian, Azerbaijan Baku Zili Shaddas Formerly described as animal vernehs or a shaddas (the Persian word for "cover"), Caucasian flatweaves of this kind are now called zilis on account of their weaving technique. The design is finely woven in the sumakh technique on an alternately inky blue or brick red foundation. These systematic changes in colour are a common feature shared by such zilis. Narrow white borders surround the compartments and panels which contain large peacock-like birds, smaller birds and flowering trees with mighty crowns. The seemingly mythological designs are drawn in the characteristic, geometric Caucasian style. These decorative covers were produced by the Tat, a tribe who lived on the Absheron Peninsula in the Baku region. – Very good condition.Size 148 x 194 cm Literature: THOMPSON, jon, Carpet Magic. London 1983, p. 98 *** kerimow, ljatif, et al., Kaukasische Teppiche. Leningrad 1984, no. 2 *** wright, richard & wertime, john, Caucasian Carpets & Covers. London 1995, pl. vii *** neugebauer, rudolf & orendi, julius, Orientalische Teppichkunde. Leipzig 1909, pl. 73 *** landreau, anthony n. & pickering, w. r., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, d.c. 1969, ill. p. 95 *** vok, ignazio, Vok Collection. Caucasus-Persia. Gilim und andere Flachgewebe. Munich 1996, no. 25

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East Caucasus Kuba region Zeichur Rug

19th Century East Caucasus, Kuba region Zeichur Rug
The dense floral repeat seen in the field, executed in muted colours on a green ground, derives from French fabric designs and is only encountered in this form in Zeikhur rugs. Unlike the Georgian wavy vine border, the field design constitutes a deliberate departure from Caucasian traditions. Zeikhur rugs of this kind were commissioned by Russian officials or military officers living in the conquered province of Azerbaijan. They were also exported to the Czarist Empire where a fashion for Caucasian carpets soon emerged. – Well preserved,  original finishes all around.Very good high pile Size 97 x 303 cm Stock No 1479

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East Caucasian Shirvan Prayer Rug

19th Century East Caucasian Shirvan Prayer Rug

in this gorgeous white-ground Shirvan prayer rug, a blue hexagonal lattice design placed beneath a bridge-shaped prayer arch encloses large, perfectly drawn palmettes in different colour combinations. The very fine weave, confidently proportioned design and brilliant colours are indications of an early date.Perfect condition some silk pile on it.Size 107 × 159 cm

Literature:
GANS-RUEDIN, ERWIN, Orientteppiche des 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts. Munich 1975, pl. p. 183

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Transylvanian Double Niche Carpet

17th Century Transylvanian Rug

Carpets of this kind were produced in weaving centres in the West Anatolian province of Manisa, chiefly for export to Europe. The largest number of them has survived in the Protestant churches of Transylvania, resulting in the whole group being summarily described as “Transylvanian” rugs. Part of the Kingdom of Hungary, the principality was situated at one of the interfaces of the Islamic and Christian worlds at the time, and local merchants played an important role in the transit trade with the Ottoman Empire.This rare beautiful white -ground example displays a double niche design, a apricot diamond-shaped central medallion decorated with white rosettes along its sides and a yellow-ground main border of large cartouches;The original finishes have survived all around; very few old repiled sections and repairs good pile Size 107 x 145 cm

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Shirvan Marasali Rug

East Caucasus, Shirvan Marasali Prayer Rug
19th Century Brilliantly coloured botehs of diverging interior design with deeply serrated outlines form a dense repeat of offset rows in the midnight blue field; a wide prayer arch has been incorporated into the design at the upper end. The white-ground main border of abstract birds is flanked by secondary borders of small star-shaped blossoms attached to a red vine. The characteristic shape of the botehs, the fine weave and silk wefts indicate that this Shirvan prayer rug belongs to the Marasali group. – Signs of age and wear. Both sides and both ends rewoven, uniformly low pile.Size 115 x 155 cm

Literature:
BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Orientteppiche. Brunswick 1978, pl. p. 239 *** FOKKER, NICOLAS, Caucasian Rugs of Yesterday. London, Boston & Sydney 1979, pl. p. 107

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South West Caucasian Bordjalo Rug

Late 18th Century South West Caucasian Bordjalo Rug

This Best early Kazak of the Borjalou group shows a design of harmonious proportions woven in mellow colours, with a degree of patination that suggests great age. As in empty-compartment Kazaks, the field is divided into two red and one central green compartments which are surrounded on all sides by the inner secondary border. Outlined in reciprocal trefoils, the compartments are empty spaces except for a small comb motif placed in the green centre. These are further common features shared with three-compartment Kazaks. The two groups are obviously closely related. On the other hand, the wide border of halved hooked diamonds, with a white, band-like hooked vine zigzagging between them, is a characteristic feature of Borjalou Kazaks. – Signs of wear in the pile, good pile somewhat reduced ends, original selvedges.Size 165 x 185 cm

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Kayseri Silk Rug

Kayseri Silk Rug

19th Century 
335 × 480 cm
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Kumkapı Silk Rug

İSTANBUL Koum Kapı Silk Rug

19th Century 
125 × 182 cm
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South Caucasian Azerbaijan Fragment Rug

18th Century South Caucasian Azerbaijan Fragment Rug

A massive design bar of five large rectangles with serrated outlines lies on the central axis of the earth-brown field, flanked by huge pairs of sickle leaves on both sides. The ground is covered in Talish rosettes and a variety of blossoms. The unusually narrow border shows double hooks lined up in a row. This rare rug was probably woven in the Karabagh region. A distinctly older example of this rare group used to be in the "Orient Stars" Collection Size 118 x 161 cm

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Anatolian Bergama Rug

Anatolian Bergama Rug 

19th Century 
175 × 220 cm
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Caucasian Star Kazak Rug

Caucasian Star Kazak Rug

18th Century 
170 × 230 cm
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Pinwheel Kazak

South West Caucasian Pinwheel Kazak

The village population of Transcaucasia upheld their traditional rug designs with great persistence. This continuity only ended with the social upheaval caused by the Russian Revolution. So-called "Pinwheel" Kazaks woven in a distinctive design – the eponymous, steel blue forms decorated with spirals to suggest a rotary movement, diagonal green abstract dragons studded with yellow crescents and white rosettes – were produced throughout the 19th century and in the early 20th century, although their quality steadily declined. Nonetheless, only a very few examples were known until circa 1980 so this Kazak type was considered particularly rare. The fact that the size of this rug group is actually far larger only became evident when the Soviet Union ceased to exist and the borders opened. – A comparison of the many examples now published reveals considerable aesthetic differences in the division of space, balance of designs, palette, knotting structure and pile wool used. This Pinwheel Kazak is a perfect classic example. The quality of the brilliant colours and the balanced composition suggest that it was produced around 1850. – Very good condition, the original finishes survive all around.Size 180 x 240 cm

Literature:
McMULLAN, JOSEPH V., Islamic Carpets. New York 1965, Nr. 53 *** KIRCHHEIM, E. HEINRICH, Orient Stars. Eine Teppichsammlung. Stuttgart & London 1993, Nr. 16 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 27, 07.05.1988, #116; A 43, 18.11.1995, #137 *** SPUHLER, FRIEDRICH, Die Orientteppiche im Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin. München 1987, Nr. 108 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 3. München 1991, Nr. 17

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Suzani Kermina

Kermina Suzani
19th century 1st half
Silk and cotton embroidery
175 × 215 cm
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Nord-West Rug

Persian Nord-West Rug
19th century 
107 × 184 cm

Stock No 582

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Kuba Shirvan Rug

Kuba Shirvan Rug
19th century 
90 × 295 cm

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Lotto Rug

Lotto Rug
17th century 
117 × 169 cm

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Star Ushak Rug

Star Ushak Rug
17th century A Star Ushak with two complete medallions placed along the central axis, six further medallions cut by the border area placed along the sides in an offset arrangement, and smaller diamonds linked horizontally to the stars. Conceived by Ottoman court artists as an endless repeat, the ornamentation of this design goes back to Persian models dating from the Kara Koyunlu dynasty. The primary ornament, an eight-pointed star with a complex interior drawing of yellow vines, leaves and blossoms, is seen in its fully developed form on the decorative tiles of the Blue Mosque, Tabriz (1465). Star Ushaks were popular in the Ottoman Empire for a long period. Judging by their comparatively frequent appearance in European paintings, Star Ushaks must have been exported in large numbers. – Research to date concludes that Star Ushaks were made around 1470 to 1630. Rarer than Medallion Ushaks, which are closely related in overall concept, knotting structure and palette, but probably an older type, they are some of the most sought after collector’s carpets from the heyday of the Ottoman Empire.The inner border is striking for its rare design of small, eight-pointed stars. Finely woven in first rate colours, this carpet is datable ca. 1600.Perfect condition very good pile Size 185 x 306 cm
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Chintamani

Selendi Chintamani Prayer Rug
17th century 
115 × 168 cm

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Anatolian Melas Rug

Anatolian Melas Rug 

19th Century 
110 × 160 cm
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Talish Rug

Caucasian Talish Rug

19th Century 
100× 315 cm
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Bordjalo Rug

Caucasian Bordjalo Rug

19th Century 
185 × 225 cm
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Marasali Rug

Shirvan Marasali Rug
19th Century 

128 × 157 cm
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Karabag Rug

Caucasian Karabag Rug

19th Century 
250 × 610 cm
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Caucasian Karacof Rug

Caucasian Karatcof Rug

19th Century 
180 × 215 cm
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Adler Rug

Caucasian Adler Rug

19th Century 
150 × 220 cm
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Transylvanian Double Niche Rug

Transylvanian Rug

17th Century 
120 × 188 cm
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Kuba Rug

Shirvan Kuba Rug

19th Century 
110 × 152 cm
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Karapınar Rug

Central Anatolian Karapınar Rug 

17th Century 
135 × 220 cm
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West Anatolian Bergama Rug

17th Century North West Anatolia Bergama Rug 

The knotting structure, palette, style of drawing and several ornamental details suggest that this very rare small-format rug was woven in West Anatolia. Compositions restricted to two large forms are some of the oldest known Anatolian design layouts. In this item, two huge azure star devices with yellow stepped outlines stand alone in the red ground of the field; several star-filled octagons and smaller stars complement the design. The field is surrounded by a frieze of white serrated forms decorated with spirals, and the same motifs, drawn in alternating colours, constitute the design of the yellow-ground main border. This distinctive motif links the design of our example to the comparative pieces listed below; although these differ in field design, they were probably made in the same region. – The consignor’s grandfather was the captain of a German merchant ship who purchased the rug in Istanbul ca. 1900. Its condition at the time was the same as it is now. Obvious signs of age and wear, old repairs and repiled areas in the border section. Uniformly low pile. The upper and lower finishes have been reduced and secured with cord.Size 128 x 167 cm

Literature:
ALEXANDER, CHRISTOPHER, A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art. The Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets. Berkeley 1993, p. 191 *** SPUHLER, FRIEDRICH, Die Orientteppiche im Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin. Munich 1987, no. 60 *** DUMAS, HILLARY, Trefoil. Guls, Stars & Gardens. An Exhibition of Early Oriental Carpets. Oakland, CA 1990, no. XVII *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 66, 20/05/2006, lot 151

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Kazak Rug

Caucasian Rug

19th Century 
63 × 108 cm
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Gendje Rug

Caucasian Gendje Rug

19th Century 
115 × 275 cm
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Bergama Rug

West Anatolian Bergama Rug 

18th Century 
175 × 180 cm
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Caucasian Rug

Caucasian Rug

18th Century 
160 × 245 cm
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West Anatolia Transylvanian Niche Carpet

Second half 17th century West Anatolia, Manisa province Transylvanian Niche Carpet

Carpets of this kind were produced in weaving centres in the West Anatolian province of Manisa, chiefly for export to Europe. The largest number of them has survived in the Protestant churches of Transylvania, resulting in the whole group being summarily described as “Transylvanian” rugs. Part of the Kingdom of Hungary, the principality was situated at one of the interfaces of the Islamic and Christian worlds at the time, and local merchants played an important role in the transit trade with the Ottoman Empire. – This beautiful red-ground example displays a double niche design, a blue diamond-shaped central medallion decorated with white rosettes along its sides and a white-ground main border of large cartouches; it compares well with two examples published by Ionescu in Weidenbach (cat. 119) and Schässburg (cat. 121). More finely woven than other examples, it has a soft texture, a nuanced palette and meticulously drawn details. – The original finishes have survived all around.Size 125 x 182 cm 

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Koum-Kapı Silk Rug

İSTANBUL Koum Kapı Silk Rug

19th Century 
125 × 182 cm
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Star Kazak Rug

Caucasian Star Kazak Rug

18th Century 
185 × 220 cm
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Ghiordes Rug

Anatolian Ghiordes Rug

18th Century 
135 × 180 cm
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Central Asia, East Turkestan Khotan Rug

19th Century Central Asia, East Turkestan Khotan Rug

The "five flower" design, with yellow stems and rosettes in diverse colours, adorns the red field in a composition conceived in mirror image around the central vertical axis. The border shows swastika motifs within rectangular compartments. An early reference piece. – Obvious signs of age and wear, low pile.Size 94 x 150 cm 

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Karagasli Rug

Karagasli Rug 
Shirvan
3th Half 19th Century

Good Condition

101 × 155 cm
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Anatolia Aksaray Kilim

Aksaray Kilim
Anatolia
19th Century 1th quarter
Flatweave

Good Condition

150 × 262 cm
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Central Anatolia Mudjur Prayer Rug

Late 18th Century Central Anatolia Mujur Prayer Rug

Niche design Mujur carpets were highly popular during the 19th century, selling to all the regions of the Islamic world. They are often very realistically portrayed in genre paintings by Western orientalist painters depicting scenes from North African bazaars. Early examples such as this red-ground Mujur display a widely conceived mihrab form and stand out due to their balanced compositions and rich range of brilliant colours. The field and border motifs were rigidly fixed by tradition, but there was a certain latitude in the design of the field. This piece shows a striking tree motif which dominates the centre of the field; linked to its tip by fine lines, it is effectively suspended from it.Very good overall condition and strong unfaded colours.Size 135 x 180 cm 

Literature:
CONCARO, EDOARDO & LEVI, ALBERTO, Sovrani Tappeti. Il tappeto orientale dal XV al XIX seculo. Milan 1999, no. 36
THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. The art of carpets from the tents, cottages and workshops of Asia. London 1983, pl. p. 4 *** TKF-WIEN (publ.), Antike anatolische Teppiche aus österreichischem Besitz. Vienna 1983, no. 49 *** BUTTERWECK, GEORG & ORASCH, DIETER

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Central Asia, South West Uzbekistan Kermina Suzani

Early 19th Century Central Asia, South West Uzbekistan Kermina Suzani

Kermina was an important centre of suzani production. Situated some 110 kilometres north east of Bokhara on the Zarafshan river, the city housed the summer residence of the emirs of Bokhara. This may explain why Bokhara and Kermina suzanis share many common features in terms of design, palette and embroidery technique. – Finely embroidered in ilmoq chain stitch throughout, elegantly drawn and with an ambiguous composition, this suzani is a masterpiece of Central Asian textile art. We attribute it to Kermina for stylistic reasons. Confusing at a first glance, the repeat in the field consists of two design units repeated regularly and loosely interlocked. The offset arrangement of the design units produces a complex overall picture. Twelve diamonds of different sizes, each enclosing a red circular blossom, are arranged in diagonal bands. They alternate with a second design layer of larger cruciform devices composed of a central red blossom and four surrounding red-and-blue blossoms, also arranged in diagonal rows. Four slender green leaves emanate from the centres of the cruciform floral clusters in lively diagonal curves, adding movement to the overall design. The leaves could also be viewed as outlines of larger diamonds which, combined with the smaller diamonds, allow an alternative reading of the composition in the vertical direction. In the absence of a secondary border, the wide border immediately adjoins the field, its static calm offering a counterpoint to the dynamic movement of the field. The latter contains a diamond lattice of green straight-lined leaves enclosing 21 large red fan-shaped blossoms as the primary motifs, accompanied by smaller blossoms in red and blue. A further example of this rare group was published by Fling. – Very good condition. Mounted onto canvas.Size 170 x 220 cm 

Literature:
FLING, RUSSELL S., Khans, Nomads & Needlework. Suzanis and Embroideries of Central Asia. Columbus, Ohio 2012, Nr. 7

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