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Sale Information
Christies SALE 1116
ORIENTAL RUGS AND CARPETS
23 April 2013
London, King Street

A 'TRANSYLVANIAN' RUG
WEST ANATOLIA, 17TH CENTURY

Price Realized  18,750 ($28,594)

Lot 172
A 'TRANSYLVANIAN' RUG
WEST ANATOLIA, 17TH CENTURY
Some uneven wear, scattered repairs, some surface dirt, ends and sides rewoven
5ft.4in. x 4ft.1in. (161cm. x 123cm.)

Pre-Lot Text
VARIOUS PROPERTIES
Literature
Marino Dall'Oglio, 'White Ground Anatolian Carpets', in Robert Pinner and Walter Denny (ed.), Oriental Carpet and Textile Studies II, Carpets of the Mediterranean Countries, London, 1986, fig.8, p.193.


Lot Notes
The combination of the white ground and central medallion of this rug make it one of the rarer designs seen in Transylvanian rugs. The hexagonal medallion derives from small medallion Ushak carpets of the 16th century. Four examples of similar rugs are illustrated in Stefano Ionescu, Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania, Rome, 2005, p.128. Of these examples cat.114, a rug in the National Museum of Art, Bucharest, is the closest comparable sharing a number of design features including the hexagonal medallion, ivory gothic border, rosette and leaf spandrels and the curled fronds that issue forth from the spandrels into the field. A related rug but with ivory spandrels was sold in these Rooms, 13 April 2000, lot 80 sale.