I apologize for not having had the time to post my votes earlier but I
had a lot of work. Here is "my" top ten choice, some choices being perhaps
out of standards but they reflect my tastes.
Number 1: (picture in previous post)
I vote with Yon Bard for
the Yomut Asmalyk (Tzareva 74). This rug was displayed at Palazzo Reale
during last 9th ICOC. It's a wonderful and very impressive rug even for
someone not Turkomaniac.
Number 2: (picture in previous post)
Yellow ground Anatolian rugs
are striking and even if he didn't choose the rug I would want to. I vote
with R. John Howe for this "type" of rugs.
Number 3: (picture in previous post)
I vote with Milton Cater for
the salting prayer rug from the Topkapi Museum Collection, Istanbul inv N°
Picture from : Caucasian Prayer Rugs - Ralph Kaffel - owned by James
Burns of Seattle - dated AH 1221 (1806) - 0.74m x 1.30 m = 2Ƌ" x 4Ɖ"
Author's comments: This is the earliest known Kazak prayer carpet that
can be precisely dated. The rug's unusually small size and its long, shiny
pile - characteristic of the finest Kazaks - give it a jewel like
appearance. Although evenly worn, it still possesses the lustre that only
the finest and softest wool can
produce. The mottled field gives the
impression of great depth, as does the abrashed light blue of the bottom
compartment. Here the appearance is one of an endless night sky. The
wonderfully archaic white ground border is evocative of Turkish and
Central Asian antecedents.
Splendeurs du Kilim - plate 24 - Yanni Petsopoulos and Belkis Balpinar
- An Anatolian Kilim 1.82 m X 3.02 m
This unique piece present a combination of colors which is
very rare among Anatolian Kilims, (deep red - violet - marine blue - and
almost light pink and very intense yellow), which makes a precise
provenance very difficult. Wool and structure are surely Anatolian. It
seems that this piece is perhaps from Banaz, between Ushak and Afyon.
Oriental Rugs from Atlantic Collections - 8th ICOC - plate 43
Circa 1850 - Western Anatolia - 2Ɗ" x 3ƌ"
Author's comments: First
impressions suggest that a coupled-column prayer rug was the inspiration
for this small rug, with three floating panels arranged on the white
ground. Yet, the shape of the mihrab arch, unusual in Turkish prayer rug
design, in the context of these three elements may lead in a different
direction. The well known white ground saph in the Turk ve Islam Museum in
Istanbul and a red ground single niche rug in the Alexander Collection
share a design system and family ornaments which relate to the present
In the earlier examples, bulbous forms seen here are rendered as
mosque lamps suspended from the arch with its squared shoulders (Alexander
126-7). The Alexander rug shows a single vertical line connecting the
central mosque lamp, as is also seen in this piece.
Hali 67 - page 79 - from the exhibition "100 KILIMS: Masterpieces from
Anatolia - at the Völkerkundemuseum in Munich - October 1991 March 1992"
East Anatolian kilim - Kars region - before 1800 - 1.45m x 2.41M
Johannes Wolff comments: A fine colourful example of a
controversial design type - "Ottoman carnations or Neolithic master of
This is an exceptional Suzani from the VOK collection - plate 40 -
Comments of the author: Exceptionally large "bodom"
motifs with leaf-like growths are characteristic features of embroideries
from South Uzbekistan, as well as smaller "bodom" motifs with longitudinal
instead of transverse strips. The use of "kanda xajol" stitching suggest
Sahrisabz as place of origin. The powerful, almost brutal,
"expressionistic" coloring of this embroidery leaves a strong impression.
China. For this area my choice is a charming silk Kesi fragment from
the 16th century or earlier. Ming period. Picture from Sovrani Tappeti a
catalog of the rugs displayed at Palazzo
Reale during last 9th
Comments of the author: "This little fragment is a part of a
Kesi, a piece made in tapestry technique. It tell us a story: for a
special occasion, attendants or courtiers arrive in a procession from the
left and the right carrying gifts on their outstretched arms. The other
part of the background shows stylized lotus flowers while , at the bottom,
there are two abstract dragons with a ball or a pearl between them."
One South Caucasian Lenkoran rug