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

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