Turkish Karapinar Rugs & Carpets

Examples:


Karapinar Tula rug 20th C.

Karapinar Tula rug 20th C.
DESCRIPTION
South Anatolia, 20th Century
the ivory field with cocoa brown stepped devices overall within the solid brown outer border
Approximately 5ft. 10in. x 3ft. 7in. (178cm. x 109cm.)




The Foy Casper Karapinar Long Rug

The Foy Casper Karapinar Long Rug

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18th century Turkish rug, three elaborate central medallions on dark blue/green field, ivory corner work, vegetable dyes, 7 ft. 2 in. x 20 ft. 4 in. Extensive repairs, rewoven and threadbare areas, original selvedge with losses and tears, corrosion, pest damage.


Karapinar Carpet Fragment Late 16th C

Karapinar Carpet Fragment Late 16th C

MEASUREMENTS

approximately 218 by 144cm., 7ft. 2in. by 4ft. 9in.

DESCRIPTION

late 16th century

Condition Note: small repairs


Karapinar Curling Leaves Long Rug 18th century

Karapinar Curling Leaves

A Central Anatolian rug

circa 1600

partially rewoven sides, oxidized browns, scattered rewoven areas, approximately 5 ft. 9 in. by 4 ft. 8 in. (1.75 by 1.42m.) Warp: wool, Z2S, ivory Weft: wool, Z, light red, 2-3 shoots Pile: wool, symmetric knot Density: 8H, 11V Sides: not original Ends: upper: remnants of original red kilim Colors: madder red, blue, dark blue, blue-green, aubergine, yellow, light madder, ivory, walnut 


Karapinar Iris and Tulip Carpet
Karapinar Iris and Tulip Carpet from Erdmann's 700 Years
This carpet is plate 119 in Erdmann, Kurt. Seven Hundred Years of Oriental Carpets, ed. Hanna Erdmann. trans. M. H. Beatty and H. Herzog. Berkeley and Los Angeles, Univ. of California, 1970. It is captianed, "Central Anatolian (Konya ?) eighteenth century."I believe this rug falls with-in the Karapinar Tulip group and that it has strong ties to the Cairene Court Kilim from the Ulu Mosque in Divrigi style. Note the Iris flowers in the border as well as the large tulip blossums.

The Tulips in the border reminds me of the Karapinar Red Ground Tulip Rug from the Textile Museum as well as theKarapinar Tulip Rug from Ed Krayer


Karapinar Kilim-Like Long Rug 18th century
Karapinar Kilim-Like Long Rug 18th century
DESCRIPTION
A Karapinar long rug, Central Anatolia
18th century
oxidized browns; rewoven areas along side edges, one end, and two corners, approximately 16 ft. 10 in. by 4 ft. 4 in. (5.13 by 1.32m.) Warp: wool, Z2S, natural ivory Weft: wool, Z, 2 shoots, brown Pile: wool, symmetric knot Density: 7-8H, 8-9V Sides: not original Ends: incomplete, warp fringe Colors: madder red, rust, deep blue, medium blue, light blue, green, aubergine, yellow, gold, ivory, walnut Please refer to The Toms Collection, Sotheby's London, June 7, 1995, lot 80 for a closely related example. The present carpet may have been woven as a companion piece to the Toms carpet; however, here the medallions alternate between green and blue grounds. The medallions here echo those of earlier rugs from Karapinar, such as lot 130, The Bernheimer Family Collection of Carpets, Christie's London, February 14, 1996. In the present rug we also find the lack of outlining on design motifs, particularly in the side half-medallions, which is a characteristic peculiar to rugs from Karapinar. The near original pile on the rug offered here allows us to fully appreciate the exceptional play of color and design found in Central Anatolian village rugs.


Tulip Karapinar Long Rug 18th century
Tulip Karapinar Long Rug 18th century
DESCRIPTION
A Karapinar runner, Central Anatolia,
18th century
mounted, oxidized browns, losses to sides, original kilim end finishes,
approximately 14 ft. 3 in. by 3 ft. 11 in. (4.34 by 1.19m.)
Warp: wool, Z2S, natural ivory and brown twist
Weft: wool, Z, three shoots, light madder
Pile: wool, symmetrical knot
Density: horizontal: 5-6
vertical: 5-6
Sides: remnants of four cords of two warps wrapped in red wool
Ends: 4-5" red kilim
Colors: madder, light madder, yellow, blue, green, aubergine, ivory, walnut
The sophisticated, bold design of this runner, where color meets color without an interrupting dark outline between design elements, emulates a kilim design. This feature is shared with a small group of 15th-18th century Central Anatolian rugs which are attributed to Karapinar. The three medallion composition within a trefoil border of this runner is shared with an example in the Textile Museum and a runner sold at Rippon-Boswell, Nov. 12, 1994, lot 140. The openness of the field in the present rug and the abstract inner border set this example apart within the published group of Karapinar rugs. The stylized tulips, which grace the fields of the majority of these carpets, are here enclosed within the medallions. This increased stylization may suggest that the rug offered here follows later in the tradition, placing it early in the 18th century. The lustrous quality of the wool and glowing color is a distinctive feature of this and other Karapinar weavings. In condition, the present carpet retains its original kilim ends, has not been altered in size and, while missing along its edges, retains most of its original pile. This allows for us to enjoy the aesthetic power of this weaving much as it was originally intended.


Karapinar Medallion Rug 17th century

17th century Karapinar medallion rug
A very bold 17th century Karapinar medallion rug.


Karapinar Medallion Rug
Karapinar Medallion Rug Alexander Collection
This Karapinar medallion rug was displayed in 1990 at the 6th ICOC in San Francisco. It was in a display by American architect Christopher Alexander.


Karapinar Medallion Rug circa 1900

Karapinar Medallion Rug circa 1900

MEASURMENTS
205x140cm


Karapinar Multi Niche Prayer Rug 17th century

Karapinar Multi Niche Prayer Rug 17th century
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DESCRIPTION
A Karapinar 'multi niche' rug fragment
Central Anatolia
17th Century, lower border rewoven, possibly missing main borders
115 by 83 cm., 3 ft. 9 in. by 2 ft. 9 in.
Technical Analysis:
Warp: Wool, brindle, Z2S, alternately (left) slightly depressed
Weft: Wool, camel-brown, Z, 2 shoots
Pile: Wool, Z2Sw
Knotting: Symmetric,.V/Hcm: 3-4/4
Sidecords: Not original
Ends: Warp fringe, wool, Z
Colors: Ivory, blue, red, camel, yellow, aubergine (6)


Karapinar Red Ground Rug


Karapinar Red Ground Rug Alexander Collection
This Karapinar medallion rug was displayed in 1990 at the 6th ICOC in San Francisco. It was in a display by American architect Christopher Alexander.


Karapinar Red Ground Tulip Rug
Karapinar Red Ground Tulip Rug from The Textile Museum
There are three gold medallions on the soft red field. Motifs are in medium blue, blues faded to aqua, gold, and brown. An outer border of aqua has devices in reddish brown, sand, and light blue. Design elements of brown, gold, and light blue are on the white inner border. 16'6" X 4'. 19th Century.



"Cantoni” Karapinar Rug 17th C.


KARAPINAR
Description: KARAPINAR

Origin: Central Anatolia, Konya Region, 17th century

Size: ca. 231 x 145 cm



Karapinar tulip Rug circa 1900


Karapinar tulip Rug circa 1900
Name: Karapinar

Year: Circa 1900

Measurments: 205x140cm




Karapinar Tulip Rug


Karapinar Tulip Rug from Ed Krayer
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Karapinar Tulip Rug

Karapinar Tulip Rug from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

This magnificent carpet is Plate 36 in the late Charles Grant Ellis's, Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988. Ellis catalogues this carpet as Kilim-Style Rug, Central Anatolia, Eighteenth-Nineteenth Century. At this point I tend to suspect that this rug is older but I hate to disagree with Charlie Ellis casually so I will think about it for a while.

 

See below mt musings on a related note:

Divrigi Ulu Mosque North entrance  Photo by Dick Osseman
Ellis notes the lack of dark outlining typical in Turkish rugs and suggests that this gives the carpet a effect like we see in kilim and tile. He compares this carpet to a kilim found in the Great Mosque at Divrigi in terms of color and the lack of outlining and to a number of other kilims in terms of the lack of outlining.
Karapinar Tulip Rug from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

How do we date Early Karapinar Carpets?
Not long ago Wendel Swan sent me a picture of the Textile Museum Karapinar tulip long rug. It is a magnificent rug and a very early example of the type but the Textile Museum has it listed as 19th century. How then can the Textile Museum date this rug so late? I think I have it figured out. I don't agree but now I think I understand the rational.

Mae Beattie identified a group of unusual Kilims that she dated to the 17th century. I believe that Court Kilim from the Ulu Mosque in Divrigi is an example of that group. So if Charlie Ellis accepted Mae Beattie's attribution of 17th century and I am sure he would because I think he helped her with it, then you can understand how he dated the Karapinar Tulip Rug from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the 18th to 19th century. So if Karapinar Tulip Rug from the Philadelphia Museum of Art is 18th to 19th century then you can understand how Ellis who had a great deal of input on such thing at the Textile Museum would date the Textile Museum Karapinar tulip long rug to the 19th century.

The problem is that a number of rugs are plausibly date dated much earlier such as to Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Long Rug C. 1600 and Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Long Rug from the Vakiflar Museum Circa 1600 - 1700. My thought is that the Ottoman took Egypt in 1517 so why not date the Court Kilim from the Ulu Mosque in Divrigi to circa 1500. After all it is made in the Egyptian manner. So if we date that one to 1500 then we can quiet plausibly date Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Long Rug C. 1600, Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Long Rug from the Vakiflar Museum Circa 1600 - 1700, Textile Museum Karapinar tulip long rug, Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Long Rug Fragment from the Wolf Collection, and Karapinar Yellow Ground Tulip Rug from Berdj Achdjian to circa 1600 and into the 17th century. So where do we put the Karapinar Tulip Rug from the Philadelphia Museum of Art? How about mid 16th century?


Karapinar Yellow Ground Tulip Rug
Karapinar Yellow Ground Tulip Rug from Berdj Achdjian



Karapinar Long Rug 18th C.

Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Long Rug 18th C
Karapinar Carpet
Central Anatolia
16th century
272 x 178 cm (8'11" x 5'10")
symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation



Karapinar Carpet 17th Century

Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Carpet 17th Century

Title: KARAPINAR Country of
origin: Central Anatolia, Konya Region,
17th century
Dimensions: approx. 148 x 109 cm


Karapinar Carpet Fragment 17th Century
Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Carpet Fragment 17th Century

title: KARAPINAR FRAGMENT
Country of origin: Central Anatolia, Konya Region,
17th century
Dimensions: approx 222 x 106 cm



Karapinar Carpet Runner Late 19th Century

Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Carpet Runner Late 19th Century
A Karapinar runner Central Anatolia, late 19th century
size approximately 4ft. 6in. x 11ft. 17in.


Karapinar Long Rug 18th C.


Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Long Rug 18th C.
DESCRIPTION
A Karapinar long rug, Central Anatolia
18th century
oxidized browns; rewoven areas along side edges, one end, and two corners, approximately 16 ft. 10 in. by 4 ft. 4 in. (5.13 by 1.32m.) Warp: wool, Z2S, natural ivory Weft: wool, Z, 2 shoots, brown Pile: wool, symmetric knot Density: 7-8H, 8-9V Sides: not original Ends: incomplete, warp fringe Colors: madder red, rust, deep blue, medium blue, light blue, green, aubergine, yellow, gold, ivory, walnut Please refer to The Toms Collection, Sotheby's London, June 7, 1995, lot 80 for a closely related example. The present carpet may have been woven as a companion piece to the Toms carpet; however, here the medallions alternate between green and blue grounds. The medallions here echo those of earlier rugs from Karapinar, such as lot 130, The Bernheimer Family Collection of Carpets, Christie's London, February 14, 1996. In the present rug we also find the lack of outlining on design motifs, particularly in the side half-medallions, which is a characteristic peculiar to rugs from Karapinar. The near original pile on the rug offered here allows us to fully appreciate the exceptional play of color and design found in Central Anatolian village rugs.


Karapinar Long Rug Fragment


Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Long Rug Fragment from the Wolf Collection


Karapinar Long Rug Circa 1600 - 1700


Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Long Rug from the Vakiflar Museum Circa 1600 - 1700


Karapinar Rug Single medallion composition


Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Rug Single medallion composition from Ed Krayer
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Karapinar Rug with plain rose field
Turkish Rugs: Karapinar Rug with plain rose field
A Karapinar rug
West Anatolia, the plain rose field centred by a stepped lemon and ivory medallion framed by slate spandrels and ivory stellar borders
6 ft 1 in x 4 ft (185 x 121 cm)


Karapinar Yatak Rug


Karapinar Rug


Kelez Rug 2nd half 19th Century
Turkish Rugs: Kelez Rug 2nd half 19th Century
Description: KELEZ Country of
origin: Western Anatolia,
2nd half of 19th century
Dimensions: approx 183 x 123 cm



Karapinar Kelim 17th/18th C. 


Karapinar Kelim 17th/18th C.

Karapinar Kelim, Central Anatolian, 17th/18th century 6'12" by 8'11" (1.86 m x 2.72m)



Konya Karapinar Long Rug 1st half 19th C.


Konya Karapinar Long Rug 1st half 19th C.

Central Anatolia, 1st half 19th ct. Size 295 x 130 cm



Three Mihrab Karapinar Prayer Rug 


Three Mihrab Karapinar Prayer Rug