ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART IV
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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felt with abstract pattern
konya area
central anatolia
circa 1940
328 x 191 cm (109 x 63)


Notes: natural undyed felted wool
Felts are among the first woollen structures made by mankind, some of the earliest we know were found in the kurgans of Central Asia, decorated by a variety of zoomorphic motifs typical of Siberian cultures. Following the Turkic invasions, the art of the felt reached the Anatolian region, where it was developed by certain tribal groups. Examples such as this one were used in the yurts of the nomadic tribes located around Konya. Made of undyed wool, these felts were used to decorate the inner wall or the roof of the tent, and are thus found in a wide variety of formats. The graffiti-like quality of the design however could make us forget the fact that we are looking at a utilitarian object, taking us once again in the realm of contemporary abstract art.

 



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