a rug with gul motifs
kurds of the malatya area
175 x 106 cm (5'9" x 3'6")
silk velvet weave on a silk foundation
The origin of the motif found on this rug and others of the same rare group has been the object of various interpretations. The striking similarity between this piece and one in the Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi in Istanbul allows us to define the design as consisting of two parallel rows of gul-type motifs (obtained from the implosion of four yun-chien elements) flanked by stylised cloudbands, both of which are taken from ancient Chinese symbology. The extraordinarily silky wool, the brilliance of the colours and the extremely fine weave distinguish this piece as being among the best Kurdish rugs from the Malatya area.