First-period Single and Double-niche ‘Transylvanian’ Rugs

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By , October 27, 2014

On the 100th anniversary of the Budapest 1914 exhibition, when the ‘Transylvanian’ rugs were brought to the attention of the wider public, it’s time to have a fresh look at this fascinating and controversial group. Today about 400 Turkish rugs of different types are preserved in the Lutheran Churches and Museums in Transylvania and Romania. About half belong to the ‘Transylvanian’ group, which is divided in 4 subgroups: Single- and Double-niche rugs, Plain-niche prayer rugs and prayer rugs with Columns. The ‘Transylvanian’ rugs represent the larges surviving group of 17th cent. Anatolian carpets. Studying this group is fundamental for understanding much of the 18th and 19th century carpets of Bergama, Demirci, Dazkırı, Gördes, Karapınar, Konya, Kula, Ladik, Milas, Mucur, and even beyond to eastern Anatolia.

Black Church, Braşov a must see for every carpet connoisseur: Ushak, Lotto, ‘Bird’, Cintamani rugs
and the greatest ensemble of ‘Transylvanian’ rugs, in outstanding condition.

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