Small silk turkish rug

Mar 17, 2021. 17:31 UTC
Small silk Turkish rug
United States of America

Turkish rugs

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16 7/8" x 22.5" small silk medallion rug. I purchased this in Turkey in 1999 - see attached document for details.


I purchased this. It has 3 small rings sewn into the back top edge and has hung in my home since 1999. There is no fading - it's always been away from windows or direct sunlight.

Answered within about 18 hours
Mar 18, 11:03 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$500 - $800 USD

Insurance Value

$1,300 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Jane,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A Turkish Hereke style silk hand-woven prayer mat
Made by Sentez, 20th Century
In earth-tone palette with a large central medallion on an olive field with broad borders and cream selvedges (fringe); calligraphic tablet reads "Çınarastan" in Arabic script.
16 7/8 inches by 22 1/2 inches
PROVENANCE: acquired in Turkey in 1999
CONDITION: in excellent condition. Always hung (from three wall rigs) and never used on the floor
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, and thank you again for using Mearto.

Jane bopp Mar 18, 13:05 UTC

Hi, Delia, thanks - that's absolutely fine. Would you like a close up photo of the script?

Delia Mar 18, 13:10 UTC

Thanks and yes, that would be great. Its best if the photo isn't taken too close - woven script looks a little "pixilated" and is hard to read if taken too close up...maybe try a few at different distances and I'll forward all of them.

Jane bopp Mar 18, 14:45 UTC

Uploaded some shots - let me know if you need something different. Thanks!

Delia Mar 19, 16:46 UTC

Thanks, Jane,
The calligraphy inscription reads "Çınarastan" but my colleague (and a couple others who he consulted, all experts in Turkish and Arabic and two who are Turkish and Middle Eastern textile historians) says that name does not refer to a specific place. It may be the name of the weaver, though they did not think that was likely. It was the general opinion that the inscription was "pseudo-Persian', which is often seen on rugs made in the Middle East for the tourist market where buyers would not likely have known if the inscription was accurate or not.

Jane bopp Mar 19, 17:25 UTC

Thanks, Delia. This is useful information, and more than I knew!

Delia Mar 19, 17:28 UTC

Wonderful; we're always happy to help.

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