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A "LOTTO" RUG
WEST ANATOLIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY

Price Realized £9,560  ($16,893)


Sale Information
Christies Sale 6897
oriental rugs and carpets
29 April 2004
London, King Street


Lot Description
A "LOTTO" RUG
WEST ANATOLIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY
The brick-red field with the "kilim" style version of the design, in a broad royal-blue border of a variety of floral motifs around large red cloudband-motifs divided by radiating flowerheads between pale lemon-yellow zigzag and hooked S-motif stripes, scattered small repairs, selvages replaced, one end partly re-woven
5ft.5in. x 3ft.11in. (166cm. x 119cm.)


Provenance
Anon sale, Lefevre & Partners, The Persian Carpet Galleries, London, 4th October 1974, lot 1, illustrated on the catalogue cover
Ambassador Ghazi Aita, sold in these Rooms, 18th October 2001, lot 228


Lot Notes
The popularity of the sixteenth century "Lotto" design resulted in an increased production of the type in the following century. The majority of these it appears were destined for the European market. They tend, as here, to have much larger borders in comparison to their field size than the earlier examples. The two most frequently encountered border types are the cartouche design and the cloudband design seen here. A number of comparable examples are preserved in Hungary and Romania (Vegh, Gyula and Layer, Karoli: Turkish Rugs in Transylvania, London 1977 reprint, pl.5; Batári, Ferenc: Ottoman Turkish Carpets, Budapest, 1994, no.13, p.108). This latter example is particularly close to the present rug with its off-centre design and the cloudband motifs one three sides pointing away from the centre of the rug.