Anatolian Rugs in Transylvanian Churches, 1500-1750
exhibition at the Sakip Sabanci Museum, Emirgan, Istanbul
19 April to 19 August 2007



The Gaspar-Foris Third-Period 'Transylvanian' Double-Niche Rug
Possibly Manisa Province, early 18th century
122 x 155 cm, wool pile on a wool foundation
Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, inv. no. 52.275
Inscription: 'N Foris Martonne Gaspar Kata Adta Adam Ek 1800'

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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