Anatolian Rugs in Transylvanian
exhibition at the Sakip Sabanci Museum, Emirgan, Istanbul
19 April to 19 August 2007
The Bode Ottoman Prayer Kilim
The structure of this prayer kilim or niche-hanging suggests a west Anatolian origin. The quality and intricate nature of the weaving and its similarity to a small group of kilims with horizontal stripes and comparable floral decoration point to a specific professional workshop serving a sophisticated clientele. Whether or not the decidedly Ottoman nature of the floral motifs, particularly the tulips, indicates a court connection is another question. It could just be that the weavers worked from a design language that was by then common currency. The only other niche rug in this group is a fragmented example in Ankara. A wider family of more rural Anatolian kilims grew out of this nucleus, but they lack the finesse of the parent group.
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