Anatolian Rugs in Transylvanian
exhibition at the Sakip Sabanci Museum, Emirgan, Istanbul
19 April to 19 August 2007
The Gaspar-Foris Third-Period 'Transylvanian' Double-Niche Rug
This charming rug shows how many design elements became quite stereotyped by the early 18th century, but it still retains some delightful individual characteristics. Most of the motifs within the main composition are mirrored both horizontally and vertically through the central axes. The corner spandrels have octagonal flower heads and half-rosettes but no large leaves. The patterns within the border cartouches are also mirrored. The minor borders, in particular the inner one, are unusual and beautifully executed.
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