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A BERGAMA RUG
WEST ANATOLIA, 18TH CENTURY

Price Realized 8,225 ($11,951)

Estimate
7,000 - 10,000
($10,171 - $14,530)

 

Sale Information
Christies SALE 6423
DAVIDE HALEVIM : MAGNIFICENT CARPETS & TAPESTRIES
14 February 2001
London, King Street

LOT NOTES

 

Lot Description
A BERGAMA RUG
WEST ANATOLIA, 18TH CENTURY
The shaded brick-red field with stylised flowerheads and hooked vine around a central medium blue panel issuing further hooked panels in each corner enclosing a flowerhead centrepiece, angular arrowhead hooked panels above and below, in a shaded indigo border of polychrome flowerheads between golden square panel and barber-pole stripes, slight loss at each end, scattered areas of wear
7ft.6in. x 5ft.9in. (228cm. x 174cm.)

Lot Notes
This is one of a small group of eighteenth century Bergama rugs whose design is based on a sixteenth century star Ushak variant such as one in New York (McMullan, Joseph V.: Islamic Carpets, New York, 1965, no.68, pp.232-3). The design was adapted soon after this in central Anatolia (Balpinar, Belkis and Hirsch, Udo: Carpets: Vakiflar Museum Istanbul, Wesel, 1988, pls.37 and 38, pp.250-254). The intermediate stage in the development of the design is shown by a rug in New York with ragged palmette border (Dimand, M.S. and Mailey, Jean: Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1973, fig.165, p.187). A small number of comparable rugs to the present example have survived, one of which is also in the Metropolitan Museum (McMullan, op.cit., no.69, pp.234-5).