Selvedges not original, reknotted area in field and other small repairs
Being sold on behalf of a Cambridge, Massachusetts collector
4'0" x 6'3"
This classic Ladik prayer rug from central Anatolia draws an open deep-red crenelated ‘mihrab’ niche with contrasting slate-blue spandrels. In keeping with the genre, colorful tulips rise from a row of stylized Ottoman lappets to form an upper panel. A boldly drawn ‘gothic’ border frames the piece, rendering geometric forms derived from palmette design. In this context, these forms seem 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. Property of a Florida collector. Provenance: Sold by Peter Pap in 1996