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Kula Rug
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Kula
131 x 128 cm (4' 4" x 4' 2")
Turkey, early 19th century
Condition: good according to age, low pile in places, several old repairs, selvages rebound
Warp: wool, weft: wool, pile: wool

The city of Kula is in the heart of Manisa province in west Anatolia, a region associated with the weavings of the so-called Transylvanian carpets in the 17th century and prayer rugs in the 18th century. Examples of both types can be found in many museum collections. Demirci is a town 34 miles north of Kula, which has given its name to a certain group of carpets that in the past were also called Kümürcü Kula, due to the dark and charcoal-like coloured grounds found on many examples. That is clearly not the case in this example, which has bright and glowing colours.
The border design on the secular rugs made in the 19th century is always as we see here, with a rich yellow ground decorated with blue cornflowers and red hyacinth buds. These carpets are well known for conveying the full range of the Ottoman floral style that started in the middle of the 16th century, and this rug is exceptional for its lively composition of verdant carnations and tulips; one would be hard pressed to find a better example to represent this group of carpets. Typically, Kula carpets from later in the 19th century have more densely packed fields and more sombre colours, which goes some way towards highlighting the exceptional aesthetic quality of this example.
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Kula Rug

Estimate €6,000 - €8,000
Oct 01, 2022
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Starting Price €3,000
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0206: Kula Rug
Sold for €7,50016 Bids
Est. €6,000 - €8,000Starting Price €3,000
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Lot 0206 Details
Description
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Kula
131 x 128 cm (4' 4" x 4' 2")
Turkey, early 19th century
Condition: good according to age, low pile in places, several old repairs, selvages rebound
Warp: wool, weft: wool, pile: wool

The city of Kula is in the heart of Manisa province in west Anatolia, a region associated with the weavings of the so-called Transylvanian carpets in the 17th century and prayer rugs in the 18th century. Examples of both types can be found in many museum collections. Demirci is a town 34 miles north of Kula, which has given its name to a certain group of carpets that in the past were also called Kümürcü Kula, due to the dark and charcoal-like coloured grounds found on many examples. That is clearly not the case in this example, which has bright and glowing colours.
The border design on the secular rugs made in the 19th century is always as we see here, with a rich yellow ground decorated with blue cornflowers and red hyacinth buds. These carpets are well known for conveying the full range of the Ottoman floral style that started in the middle of the 16th century, and this rug is exceptional for its lively composition of verdant carnations and tulips; one would be hard pressed to find a better example to represent this group of carpets. Typically, Kula carpets from later in the 19th century have more densely packed fields and more sombre colours, which goes some way towards highlighting the exceptional aesthetic quality of this example.
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