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Anatolian Kilim (fragment), central Anatolia, 18th C., 2'11" x 7'3"


The field pattern seen in this kilim lies at the source of the debate concerning the design origins.   The ongoing debate  ...
Anatolian Kilim (fragment), central Anatolia, 18th c., 2'11" x 7'3"

The field pattern seen in this kilim lies at the source of the debate concerning the design origins. The ongoing debate is, to me, ridiculous. Given the fact Anatolian kilims appear to include a design pool foreign to the pile weavings of the region as well as divorced from so many of the other patterning seen in other flatweaves throughout the world, i am partial to believing they represent a much older aesthetic that we can possibly imagine or logically explain.

I refer to the so-called mother goddess debate. Walter Denny has proposed that this pattern, when turned upside down (or merely, around) is a carnation pattern derived from Ottoman velvets. The refined courtly art of the Ottoman Empire appears to be subsequent to the foreign aesthetic seen in these kills.

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