Cairene Ottoman Carpet
Turkish Court Manufactury Rugs were woven in the Egyptian workshops founded by Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. Those carpets were woven in Egypt, following the paper cartoons probably created in Istanbul and sent to Cairo at that time.
The source of carpet comes from the book by Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 108, pp. 204, 233, ill. fig. 191. Shortly after its conquest by the Osmanli Turks (1517), a change of style was set in Egypt which, due to the establishment of a manufactory working for the court in Istanbul, found a powerful expression in the carpet industry. The Cairene Ottoman carpets correspond with those of the previous period both in material and in color range, and the palette is extended only through the more plentiful use of yellow, white, and a few other tints; occasionally, however, they were inclined to be satisfied with the three Cairene basic colors. Nevertheless, if there have been doubts expressed regarding the continuity of their production, these were based entirely upon the fact that the new rugs completely renounced the decorative orientation which had been observed up to that point. Vegetation which at times is naturalistic, stylized in a peculiar manner, is deployed luxuriantly and, in forms that are known to us from Turkish wall tiles and brocades, quite fills the field in endless continuation, interrupted by a large or a small medallion, quadrants of which are often repeated in the corners. Carnations, tulips, hyacinths, lilies, peonies, and other flowers, together with gracefully sweeping lancet leaves, sumptuous palmettes, and delicate sprays of blossoms, constitute the rich flora of these carpets, whose borders charm the eye with their elegant solutions for the corner problem. At the same time, in the guard stripes almost invariably little rosette flowers appear all in a row. It is merely by way of exception that we will still find appropriations levied upon the Mamluk tradition, while, on the other hand, the coming revolution in decor is already heralded in a few specimens which we still count as belonging to the earlier group. In pure folk art, such a radical overturn would be quite inconceivable, but then in the operation of a manufactory, the introduction of a completely novel program can be accomplished with a minimum of confusion. With this change of orientation, it was significant that the idea of a governing medallion, even if with a different conception, had already been put to use. The design of this carpet is interpreted and soft colors are chosen by our designers for this carpet.
Color summary: 7 colors in total;
- Falu Red 400 (Madder Root – Henna – Walnut Husk)
- Russian Green 418 (Henna – Indigo)
- Natural Wool Color 320 (Specially Washed)
- Sunray Color 405 (Henna)
- Dusty Turquoise 340 (Spurge – Madder Root – Indigo – Walnut Husk)
- Pale Green 439 (Chamomile – Indigo)
- Burlywood 135 (Spurge – Madder Root)
For more information about our colors.Group: Islamic Rugs Family
Material of Pile: Natural Dyed Hand-spun Wool
Material Warp / Weft: Wool on Wool
Structure: Symmetrical knot on depressed warp inclining to the right
Knots Density: 39x39
Pile (mm): 2
Production Place: ADIYAMAN BAHÇELİEVLER
Stock Location: Istanbul
Pattern Code: MK 1062 90X150 AR0234
Size (EU): 151 X 92cm
Size (US): 4'11" X 3'0"
Area (EU): 1.4m²
Area (US): 15ft²
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