A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

a rug with two medallions
central anatolia
17th century
186 x 128 cm (6'1" x 4'2")

Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
The two medallion design is one of the earliest seen on Anatolian rugs, found on the so-called 'Large Pattern Holbein' carpets and depicted on a number of Italian Renaissance paintings. This rare rug, whose pair is in the Vakiflar Museum in Istanbul, is decorated by two cruciform octagons each surrounded by a series of hooked triangular motifs that are typical of the weavings from the Eskisehir area. The medallions are framed by a compartment border in which a sixteen-pointed star (similar to the so-called 'Crivelli' star) alternates with a small star octagon motif. The shield elements that decorate the elems confirm an attribution to central Anatolia.
Bibliography: B. Balpinar, U. Hirsch, Carpets of the Vakiflar Museum Istambul (Wesel 1988), plate 17: 211.



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