Nazmiyal’s Rare 18th Century Turkish Rug from Renowned Carpet Scholar, James Ballard.
James Ballard was one of America’s first and foremost carpet scholars and collectors, acquiring over 300 carpets throughout his career. Gathered from around the world due to his extensive traveling, his collection of antique rugs ranged from the 15th to 18th century.
In 1922 he donated 126 carpets to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, making up one fourth of their entire carpet collection. Of the select few antique carpets James Ballard chose to hold on to, the Nazmiyal Collection is pleased to have acquired one.
This 18th century Turkish rug displays an unusual and superbly colored medallion with rectilinear spandrels and symbolic space fillers. Documented as a beloved part of his original collection, this carpet was included in several exhibitions in the 1920′s. A true museum piece, this tribal rug represents one of the rarest and most elusive carpet types from central Anatolia. The opportunity to acquire such a well-documented carpet of this caliber, quality and history is exceptionally rare.
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