Lot 93

Hand Knotted Hand Woven Eastern Anatolian Rug

Estimate: $400 - $800

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Featured in this lot is a hand-knotted and hand-woven Eastern Anatolian Prayer Rug, ca. 1940s. A beautiful example of the craftsmanship of the rug weavers from the Central Asian people of Eastern Anatolia. Against a mostly red backdrop, colors include black, blue, red, green, yellow, periwinkle blue. Many motifs are used in traditional Kilims, handmade flat-woven rugs, each with many variations. In Turkish Anatolia village women wove themes significant for their lives into their rugs, whether before marriage or during married life. Some motifs represent desires, such as for happiness and children; Others represent protection against threats such as wolves (to the flocks) and scorpions, or against the "evil eye". These motifs were often combined when woven into patterns on Kilims. With the fading of tribal and village cultures in the 20th century, the meanings of Kilim patterns have also faded. This Kilim contains many traditional motifs representing themes appropriate to their own circumstances. Some of the motifs used are widespread across Anatolia and sometimes across other regions of West Asia, but patterns vary between tribes and villages, and rugs often expressed personal and social meaning. This prayer rug is in good overall condition. The colors are bold and not faded, and previous repairs are observed. Measures 24"W x 33"L*