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Old July 22nd, 2018, 09:06 PM   #4
Rich Larkin
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 128

Hi Joy,

That is a classic Melas (Milas) prayer rug from Western Anatolia. Any number of survey rug books will have one of similar ilk. It is a bit tired in spots, but still beautiful. Our friend, Patrick Weiler, found one of these in Alaska (possibly by accident), which stands as my most unlikely Melas PR find; but you may have just moved into second place.

You continue to lead the league in acquisition technique! Bravo!

Be assured I do not expect you to become a technical whiz with the obscure details, at least not right away. However, I remember my early years of looking at rugs and trying with occasional frustration to master the basics. I am of the opinion that one cannot really understand the subject without having a basic grasp of the innards and underlying details of materials, structure and weaving practices...not for their own sake, but as a context within which to appreciate the weavings. So, I wanted to give you some insight into what is out there and how one might go about looking into those matters, and I addressed what was at hand for that purpose.

Keep looking, and keep trading!


P. S.: Just spotted Filiberto's reply and your question. It is old. Easily 100 years plus, I would say.
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