4'10" x 6'11"
Here again is a kelim woven during the Classic period where no prehistoric icons
appear in the design. Though unlike the previous example, where the presence
of such early designs supplied a detectable underlying layer, no icons or their
residual traces have influenced its pattern. Color and geometric form, the hallmarks
of this weaving period, are the only elements used by the weaver/creator of
this unusual slit-tapestry.
Like Plates One, Two, and Five, this example has also been rarely copied and
irregardless of its have been made long after the Archaic period, it too is
a prototype. Only two other kelims are known to share this design and both were
most probably woven in the later Traditional period. All indications point to
an area east of the Anatolian Plateau again differing from the other nine kelims
illustrated here, which were all most probably produced within that geographic
local. In this instance, this factor may supply the reason for its having been
so rarely copied - its design was foreign and unknown to subsequent generations
of Anatolian weavers.
The main design repeated within the largest stripes is a well known design frequently
associated with architectural decoration. Its use is frequently encountered
on mosques and other public buildings, located throughout the south-eastern
Mediterranean and dating from the 12-16th centuries AD.
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