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17th Century Antique Double Niche Ottoman Prayer Rug 48648


Size: 4 ft 4 in x 6 ft 3 in (1.32 m x 1.9 m)Print

17th Century Antique Double Niche Ottoman Prayer Rug, Country of Origin: Turkey, Circa Date: 17th Century  – Style and color come together in this regal prayer rug from the 17th century, which showcases the best of Ottoman designs. A vibrant papyrus background defines this Turkish rug, while elegant reds, gentle blues and vivacious yellows create movement in the foreground. Several frames of varying sizes surround each other, leading the viewer to the center of the antique rug, where a royal scene awaits them. Long pillars descend from the top of the rug’s core, ending in pleasantly grounded foundations. Above the pillars is a bright collection of leaves and flowers, glowing motifs that draw attention to the unity between the natural world and the man-made structuring below.

Condition Report:

Woven upside down. Pile generally low to knot heads with areas in border and in blues closely shorn 1/8in. Dark browns oxidized showing foundation. Lazy lines also lower and visible in the field. Small scattered reweaves in field; not extensive. Partially rewoven side guard stripes, rewoven end guard borders in approx. 1/2in. into upper end border; well executed. Scattered spot stains in field. Velcro hanging tape sewn on reverse at upper end. Supple handle and good condition.

PROVENANCE:

Stefano Bardini collection, Florence (by repute)
Collection of Cavaliere Raoul Tolentino, sold American Art Galleries, New York, April 22-26, 1924, lot 786
H. Kevorkian Collection, sold Anderson Art Gallery, New York, January 8-9, 1926, lot 316
The Persian Carpet Galleries, London, May 26, 1972, lot 1
Sotheby’s London, March 7, 1990, lot 70
Eberhart Herrmann, Munich
The Textile Gallery, London

LITERATURE:

Eberhart Herrmann, Asiatische Teppich-und Textilkunst, v. 3, Munich, 1991, pl. 3, pp. 14-15
Hali, June 1990, “Auction Price Guide,” p. 180

TECHNICAL:

Warp: Wool, Z2S, yellow
Weft: wool, Z spun, 2 shoots, madder red, yellow and Ivory
Pile: wool, symmetrical knot
Density: 9-10 Horizontal, 10 vertical
Sides: not original
Ends: not original

Read more of the history of this rare and collectible 17th Century Coupled Column Double Niche Prayer Rug