Ladik Prayer Rug
Areas of repair, old mending, and re-piling in the field.
Formerly in the collection of Ralph Yohe Being sold on behalf of Kirk Landauer
Ladik prayer rugs from Central Anatolia are known for their distinctive depressed warp weave and repertoire of design combined with prized Anatolian saturated color. A classic crenelated mihrab niche is drawn with a madder-red ground, as stylized tulips stand above the arch in the Ladik fashion. A boldly drawn ‘gothic’ border frames the piece rendering geometric forms derived from palmette design but in this context seeming almost zoomorphic along a meandering aubergine vine-scroll. Of particular interest to rug enthusiasts is the outer guard row of linked flowers, reminiscent of similar Turkmen weaving traditions from Central Asia.