double niche-design rug
193 x 137 cm (6’4” x 4’6”)
|| symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
|| The double niche design of this refined and elegant early Kula rug descends from 16th and 17th century Ottoman rugs of the Ushak and Transylvanian types. Here the typical configuration of the niche is transposed to create three vertical rows of blossom motifs within a cartouche contained by a rectangular reserve punctuated by stylised floral elements.
The choice of a celestial palette is quite characteristic of this group of rugs, although very rarely seen as efficiently executed as in this example. The limited use of colour, essentially sky blues and golden yellows, imparts a restrained, textile-like aesthetic to the rug that characterises much of 18th century Ottoman textile art.
|| F. Batari, Ottoman Turkish Carpets, Budapest 1994
|| Private collection, Paris.