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A large, tower-like mihrab form with a plain interior and a wide, light yellow surround embellished with red and blue carnations stands alone on the light red ground of this very old niche kilim. The yellow-ground border is adorned with carnations attached to a delicately drawn, undulating line. A box-shaped re-entrant form protrudes into the field at the lower end. – The monumental style, use of only a few basic devices of iconographic importance and the choice of colours (except for the three primary colours red, blue and yellow, only brown is used in the line drawing of the border) imbue this Ottoman kilim with its own special magic. It may have been part of the furnishings of one of the splendid tents which housed Turkish generals (pashas) during their frequent military campaigns. It is known that the inner walls of these tents were decorated with textiles. – Obvious signs of age and wear, several missing sections have been backed with fabric. Mounted onto a black fabric.
- West Anatolia, Ushak region
- 181 x 110 cm
- 17th century
The field of this long single-panel kilim is an empty red space into which wide brown battlements with fine white outlines protrude from both sides. According to research conducted by Türck, battlements lined up in a row constitute representations of a mural crown – a highly symbolic architectural motif which can be traced back as far as the Byzantine period in Anatolian weavings. As a collector, Poppmeier was enchanted by the high degree of abstraction and minimalist concept of this kilim in which the empty field achieves a powerful effect. – Damaged sides, one end reduced.
- South West Anatolia
- 336 x 150 cm
- 19th century
PETSOPOULOS 1991, Nr. 35 *** KOLL 2016, Nr. 60
PLOIER 1991, Nr. 66
This single-panel kilim woven in a memorable graphic design of horizontal stripes belongs to a homogeneous group of examples whose provenance is given as the villages surrounding Keles, a small town south of Bursa, by Balpinar in "100 Kilims". The four wide, white-ground bands contain double niches with arches decorated in dense clusters of parmakli designs, which combine with the lateral areas to create reciprocal interlocked forms. Wide horizontal bands of monochrome stripes have been inserted between them as dividing designs. – Compared to the other Keles kilim in the Poppmeier Collection (lot 28), which appears more archaic and is obviously older, the palette of this item is brighter and more cheerful. Each of the double niches contains three comb motifs. – Good condition.
- North West Anatolia, Bursa Province
- 239 x 141 cm
- First half 19th century
FRAUENKNECHT 1982, Abb. 4 *** ESKENAZI/VALCARENGHI 1985, Nr. 27 *** PETSOPOULOS 1991, Nrn. 2 und 4
This two-panel kilim displays horizontal stripes of varying widths and colours which contain double niches with bold parmakli outlines. Outstanding in terms of graphic effect and palette, this kilim is one of the oldest known examples of this rare group. It is closely related to a piece published by Rageth and exhibited in Liestal in 1990. – Several missing sections and stains, mounted onto canvas.
- West Anatolia
- 410 x 194 cm
- Pre 1800
RAGETH 1990, Tf. 8 *** COOTNER/MUSE 1990, Nr. 19 *** KOLL 2011, Nr. 54
PLOIER 1991, Nr. 73
Half of a kilim originally in two panels from the Malatya region, probably a Kurdish weaving. Petsopoulos uses the collective term "Rashwan" kilims to describe the group and has illustrated a large number of these kilims in his 1980 handbook. In the Poppmeier example, the beautiful palette and the rare design of the main border are striking features. – The outer areas of the border have largely been rewoven.
- South East Anatolia
- 366 x 80 cm
- First half 19th century
PETSOPOULOS 1980, Nrn. 220 und 223 *** BRÜGGEMANN 1993, Tf. 68
PLOIER 1991, Nr. 51
This impressive white-ground kilim is a Hotamis Turkmen weaving from the Konya region. It is woven in a single piece, so there is no misalignment along the centre of the two huge hexagons that dominate the field. – Good condition.
- Central Anatolia, Konya region
- 424 x 168 cm
- Ca. 1800
BALPINAR/HIRSCH 1982, Nr. 38 *** PETSOPOULOS 1991, Nr. 76 *** BRÜGGEMANN 1993, Nr. 60 *** FRAUENKNECHT 1982, Nr. 17
PLOIER 1991, Nr. 56
The allover repeat of large nested diamonds in different colour combinations, their serrated outlines resembling flashes of lightning, creates a remarkably powerful effect. The colours, style of drawing and design principle of closely-spaced, virtually interlocking devices to completely cover the surface suggest that the kilim is a Kurdish weaving. So far no further examples of this special group have come to light. A second fragment of the same kilim was published first by Mellaart and then again by Rageth. – Minor missing sections, mounted onto canvas.
- East Anatolia
- 138 x 77 cm
- Pre 1800
MELLAART/HIRSCH/BALPINAR 1989, Nr. 6 = RAGETH 1990, Tf. 13
DIENES/REINISCH 2001, Nr. 164
The central section of this single-panel nomad kilim from the Fethiye region is plain blood red and undecorated. In sharp contrast, the wide skirts are decorated with offset rows of huge interlocked hexagons in brilliant and diverse colours. The design layout makes reference to the use of the kilim as a camel trapping. When the kilim was placed across the camel’s back, very little of the red central section could be seen. The clearly visible skirts showed designs typical of the tribe, assuming a heraldic function. - Minimal signs of wear, good overall condition, original finishes all around.
- South West Anatolia
- 266 x 132 cm
- Second half 19th century
PETSOPOULOS 1980, Nr. 95 *** ESKENAZI/VALCARENGHI 1985, Nr. 70 *** HULL/LUCZYC-WYHOWSKA 1993, Nr. 288 *** BÖHMER 2004, Abb. S. 221 ff. *** GALERIE SAILER 1984, Nr. 33 = VOK 1997, Nr. 45 = RIPPON BOSWELL, A 86, Lot 11 *** HASSON 2007, Tf. S. 71 *** KONZETT
Whereas kilims presenting niche designs are rather rarely encountered in Persia or the Caucasus, this type was common throughout Anatolia. It is now known that niche kilims usually did not serve as prayer mats, but were hung on walls. This early example woven in subtle and transparent colours is from the area between Sivas and Bayburt. The undecorated field of the tower-like, tall, light red mihrab shows conspicuous lazy lines in the weave. – Signs of age and wear, missing sections, the outer border is missing at both ends. Mounted onto canvas.
- Eastern Central Anatolia, Cappadocia
- 184 x 144 cm
- 18th century
FRAUENKNECHT/FRANTZ 1978, Abb. 30 *** PLOIER 1991, Nr. 84
WILLBORG/ALBERTSON 1992, Nr. 24 ***
The design of this niche kilim dispenses with any additional details, focusing on the bare essentials. Four stepped mihrabs – purple, light red and grass green in ground colour – are arranged on top of one another. Their ascending movement illustrates a transcendental idea. The deeply incised, serrated white outlines of the arches reminiscent of zip fasteners and the analogous lateral boundaries of the field are linked by horizontal bars, combining into the striking basic structure of the composition. – Signs of age and wear, missing sections, reduced upper end. Backed with canvas.
- Western Central Anatolia, Eskisehir Province
- 140 x 85 cm
- Early 19th century
BRÜGGEMANN 1993, Tf. 40 *** ESKENAZI/VALCARENGHI 1985, Nr. 10 *** DAVIES 1933, Tf. 38
DIENES/REINISCH 2001, Nr. 139