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Floral carpet (red ground). 18th century (second half?), Azerbaijan.  Türk ve İslam Eserleri Museum, Istanbul. Acquired 1936. inv. no 834 (2-123) from the Evkaf Depot, Istanbul. 100 x 450 cm. published Serare Yetkin's "Early Caucasian carpets in Turkey", plate 94.


A large white star with thin brown stems radiating from the corners to smal green palmettes, which in turn, are linked to a small white eight-pointed star. The ornaments alternate from row to row, forming a squre frame which contains a large white irregular lozenge ending in large arabesques, giving a rotational effect. Yellow and white angular leaves



The border is seen on earlier Anatolian rugs, note the massive and powerful-looking pinwheels. The design can also been seen on Caucasian cross-stitch embroideries.