TRANSILVANIA CARPET

Anatolia XVII century, cm 153 x 125

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Transilvania carpet with niche pattern. It is a very interesting specimen characterized by the cantonal with arched leaves and carnations, on a yellow-gold background.
As all prayers Transilvania carpet it is woven starting from the top of the mihrab, to allow a correct development of the cusp (flanked by the cantonals) which is the most important part of a prayer carpet. At the corners of the cantonal two red triangles can be seen, which are characteristic of the cluster where this model was made. The upper edges of the stepped mihrab bear “hook motifs” that probably have a lucky role but are also a reminder of the direction towards Mecca. The entire mihrab, outlined by blue and ivory, rests on the yellow field, to give a perspective effect. The border, with “symmetrized” rosettes and palmettes (to speed up the creation of the 4 sides) is well organized and chromatically rich. The stylistic characteristics place the carpet in the second half of the 17th century, a period in which trade between Transylvania and the Ottoman Gate was at its peak.

Range: upon request