4 feet 11 inches x 9 feet 5 inches
150 cm. x 287 cm.
The simple yet visually powerful design this slit-tapestry is quite similar
to that used for the soumak bag face illustrated as plate thirteen. Here, however,
main design used on the field has most probably been derived from the palmette-style
medallions on many of the much earlier Dragon Carpets.(1) The transference of
a design like this, which most likely lasted over several centuries, resulted
in the loss of many important interior details but, nonetheless, it was able
to retain the palmette outline and lattice form found on these earlier carpets.
1.These large complex pile-woven carpets have been recovered from mosques located
in Eastern Turkey and are thought to have been manufactured in this general
area during the 15th and 16th centuries AD
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