In 1487 the Karamanid Beylik, an independent state in south central Anatolia with diplomatic ties to the Mamluks, was the last independent entity in Asia Minor to be overtaken by the Ottoman Empire. Indeed, the Karamanids even outlasted Byzantine Constantinople which fell to the Ottomans in 1453. The Karamanid aristocracy traced its lineage back to the Oguz Turks and to the Salor tribe in particular, migrating to Northwest Persia and Azerbaijan nearly one thousand years ago. From there they fled the invading Mongol armies in the 13th century and resettled in central Anatolia where they ruled for over two-hundred years. The Karamanids were seen as such a threat to the Ottomans that when their state was finally integrated by the later, the population of the region was dispersed as far as Iran and the Balkans to neutralize any potential future threat to Ottoman supremacy. Nevertheless, when it comes to Anatolian weaving, a discernibly independent aesthetic may be seen in the weaving of the region as early as the 16th century. Classical carpets from the Karaman region are often referred to as Karapinar, literally 'black spring' as this village is thought to have been the center of both village and organized workshop weaving in the region. From the earliest times of its documented production, Karapinar and Karaman pile weavings have been known for their distinctive renditions of central and repeating medallions. Indeed, the drawing of medallions in even 18th and 19th century Karaman carpets seems to be more influenced by classical Persian models of centuries before rather than Ottoman or contemporaneous Anatolian village models. This pleasing Karaman rug draws an iconic lobed medallion with stylized corner-pieces. Light and dark are expertly balanced with ivory sections outlined by a deep aubergine. Color is superb. A classic Karaman palette of deep dark reds including an ox-blood tone are matched with a range of vibrant blues and greens. Pile is soft and deep in keeping with the best Anatolian village rugs of any region.
Karaman rugMid 19th C.
- Absolutely full original pile. Slight corrosion in brown giving it s sculpted effect. Some losses to original flatwoven end, crease wear on edge
- Being sold on behalf of Dr. Robert Emry
- 5' 1"
- 7' 3"
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