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Triple arched gateway design rug with a silk base, based on the XVi century Ottoman Prayer rug from The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Size: 138x185cm

Size (ft): 4'6"x6'0"

Area: 2.55 m2

Density: 250 000 knots per square meter, totally ~640 000 knots

Colors: madder red, medium blue, yellow, goldenrod, green (two shades), midnight blue, ivory, brown.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural ivory sheep wool

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, silk warps and silk wefts (two shots). 1cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.3cm

Ends: bundled knots

Design: The design is inspired by one of the earliest Ottoman carpets with a triple-arched prayer niche, or mihrab, with architectural elements such as columns and capitals. With its paired or coupled columns, undecorated field, split palmettes in the spandrels, and horizontal panel containing crenelated forms, it is also the classical prototype for later rugs. Characteristically Ottoman are the carnations and tulips at the base of the arches as well as the feathery lanceolate leaves, hyacinths, and other flowers in the curvilinear border pattern. The harmonious design, skillful weaving, and luxury materials reflect court taste. The design probably originated in the Ottoman imperial workshop in the XVI century. The combination of this carpet’s imagery, high quality, and relatively small size of the historical rug suggest that it was used as a prayer rug by a member of the Ottoman courtly elite.

Inscriptions: Tamga (tribal seal) of Kayi tribe. The tribe that Ottoman Sultans are believed to descend from

Weaver: Sadagat

Weaving Period: Five months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

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For more information about the above rug or to place an order please email vd@azerbaijanrugs.com (Baku, Azerbaijan) or ra@azerbaijanrugs.com  (San Francisco Bay Area). We will get back to you within 24 hours or less.