Ottoman Prayer Carpet, late C., one of the earliest examples of a rare group featuring a prayer niche, or mihrab; with triple arched columns on an undecorated field. Bursa or Istanbul. Turkey Pile weave, wool and cotton pile on silk foundation.
Caucasian Bidjov Shirvan, x Quarter, Century. Radiant, expressive medallions are but one of the entrancing graphic accents of this powerful Caucasian antique carpet, perfectly expressing a zest for life common to its high mountain tribal weavers.