Turkish Kilim (fragment), Central Anatolia, circa 1800-25, approx. 4' 2" x 10'

Textile art from Anatolia was once extremely popular and highly sought after in the marketplace up to and subsequent to the 1990 ICOC in San Francisco when the McCoy Jones Collection was on display at the DeYoung Museum. Since then interest fell off, as collectors believed they would never be able to acquire the quality with which they had been familiarized through the publication of the museum catalogue.

With that drop in interest, wonderful examples apparently languished in the marketplaces of Turkey, only to be re-discovered. This weaving is just such an example. As an abstract example of the use of color and space within the medium of wool weaving, this is an excellent example.

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