158 x 121 cm (5’2” x 4’)
Symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
Four oversize feathered leafs dominate the field of this fine and early Melas rug. It features a remarkable aubergine background border drawn in a style that is reminiscent of Anatolian kilims, decorated by polychrome hooked motifs of archaic character. The rare Melas rugs that predate the Mejid period successfully blend the refined Ottoman style with Turkish tribal motifs that are often derived from their flatweave tradition.
An almost identical piece is in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection and has been recently published (F. Spuhler, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection of Carpets and Textiles (London 1998) plate 13: 65).