ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART IV
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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3. 
rug with ‘mother goddess’ motifs
karapinar area
central anatolia
circa 1850
187 x 123 cm (6’2” x 4’)


Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
The hexagonal medallion that centres the composition of this rare and unusual village rug contains stylised elements derived from the Mother Goddess motif, both at the ends of the four connections to the inner hexagon and within the outer hexagon. The earth tones and the natural hues of the chestnut brown background have an almost pictorial fluidity, emphasized by the vibrant blocks of abrash and the 'salt and pepper' effects employed by the weaver. The simplicity of the borders perfectly balances the imposing character of the field, with the middle border showing an indigo/aubergine contrast that is reminiscent of the palette of early Anatolian rugs.

 



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