A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

a rug with three octagonal medallions
kurds of eastern anatolia

circa 1850
cm 110 x 225

Notes: symmetrical knot on a wool foundation
The large octagon pattern seen here, where each octagon is defined by a different colour, is reminiscent of the archetypal guls of the Turkmen tribes. Yet the lozenges contained within them, with their stepped outlines and hooked appendages, are typical of Anatolian Kurdish rugs as they are often employed in the border design. It is interesting to note the row of adjunct knots of mohair wool at the middle of the central octagon, investing the piece with a further element of preciousness. The dyes employed here belong to the best Turkish village rugs and give the rug a clear, luminous appearance. The "salt and pepper" effect on the upper octagon is achieved by mixing two yarns of different colours, and elegantly demonstrates the painterly sensibility of Kurdish weavers. One should appreciate the overall graphic and chromatic balance of the piece, the spacing between each element and the secure drawing of the large octagons, which communicate a strong connection with a not too distant past.



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