The piece was first sold at Brunk`s on 12.9.2012.
It appeared then at Christie`s in a spruced-up version.
Described by Brunk`s as"reduced in the center throughout the length of the rug"this is in all probability a divan carpet made in two halves.A similar item,once in the author`s possession,demonstrates this,having had an original finish on the right-hand side.
|5-Christie`s April 1989-1|
|6-Skinner`s 1990-later Rippon Boswell 1991|
Two examples from the Kelez area,again as prayer rugs:
|7-Weber Auction 1990|
Sometimes the Enjilas border was simplified,removing the meander element:-
Why so many prayer rugs were made in two halves is a mystery.Perhaps larger looms were not available,or the weavers more often wove kilims.Here a well-known "piece"from Franz Sailer after a simple montage:
The Brunks/Christies example is at the end of a long continuum.Many of the "Transylvanian "carpets were probably woven in the Menderes valley area.Two types of Column rugs spring to mind,one with thick columns:-
The other,more common,with Lotus Volute columns:-
The group stands directly before(or side-by-side)the classical Konya prayer rugs with columns-which May Beattie infelicitously described as "coupled-columns"
One member of the Thin Column group seems to be losing its Spandrels:-