19th Century Turkish Sivas Puple Botanic Handmade Rug BB1797 19'0" × 25'3" $180,000
A finely-woven early 20th century Turkish rug, the eggplant field with a dense trellis overall of palmettes and leafy vinery within a camel palmette and whimsical vinery border.
With many weaving centers throughout Anatolia, each created an innately Turkish carpet with a distinct signature style native to its specific region. In the fifteenth century, inspired by the example set by the Timurid and Safavid Courts, Turkish artists introduced floral and Chinese motifs, first into ceramic tile-work and textiles, and then adapted into oriental carpet patterns. These designs included elegantly drawn prayer antique rugs decorated with architectural motifs serving as models for centuries of village weavers of rugs and textiles across Anatolia.
Sivas rugs and carpets weavers traditionally used a smaller assortment of color than their Persian counterparts, achieving a remarkable range with only eight or nine colors. Primary colors tend to dominate, particularly blue and madder red, although a softer and lighter palette is often used on late nineteenth and early twentieth century carpets.
19th Century Turkish Sivas Puple Botanic Handmade Rug BB1797