Have you seen the wonderful designs of William Morris?
A key figure in the Arts & Crafts Movement, Morris championed a principle of handmade production that didn't chime with the Victorian era's focus on industrial'progress.
The source of carpet comes from the book Turkish Carpets from the 13th – 18th centuries, Ahmet Ertuğ, 1996 pl.16. This 15th-century carpet is from Ulu Mosque, Divrigi Sivas region, central Anatolia. The Seljuk period marks one of the highest points in art and architecture in carpets Anatolia. It is therefore not surprising that tremendous excitement was caused by the discovery of two groups of Turkish knotted-pile carpets from this era. In 1905 seven examples were found by Fredrik Robert Martin (1868-1933) in the Ala’eddin Mosque in Konya, the foremost mosque at the heart of the Sultanate, which was constructed in stages between the mid-12th and mid-13th centuries. Generally referred to as the ‘Seljuk’ or ‘Early Konya’ carpets (although they do not relate to any later carpets that are attributed to Konya), these soon came to be considered the most important group of early Anatolian carpets. Their patterns are not reflected in the architecture and do not represent the art of the Seljuk court; they are more likely the work of one of the nomadic or semi-nomadic Turkmen tribes that inhabited central Anatolia at this time. Labeling them ‘Seljuk-period’ would therefore be more accurate. Four are large but incomplete, the other three are fragmented. They were transferred to the Evkaf Museum in Istanbul in 1911, and then to the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts. Vivid colors are chosen by our designers for this rug.
Color summary: 5 colors of total