Turkish/ottoman/tughra rug/tapestry

Aug 28, 2020. 15:04 UTC
Turkish/Ottoman/Tughra rug/tapestry
United States of America

Turkish rugs

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For sale

5' x 5' square, embroidered with metallic thread.


family owned

Answered within about 2 hours
Aug 28, 16:41 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$300 - $500 USD

Insurance Value

$800 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Sue,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
This is a beautiful rug.
The Arabic script is somewhat archaic so I'd like to show photos of it to an expert in Arabic language; this might take longer than the 48-hours so I need to ask permission to a) show the photo and b) have a time extension if necessary.

Thanks to confirm,

Sue speed Aug 28, 18:15 UTC

Yes thank you.

Delia Aug 30, 13:52 UTC

Hi Sue,
I got an answer back overnight from the Arabic language expert I occasionally confer with. Rather than this being 'archaic', he says the Tugrah (Sultan's calligraphic signature) in the center is contrived, meant to look Ottoman without any bearing on historical fact. He sees this quite a lot on pieces meant for export to the Western Market where a fake signature would not have been detected. So, this is:
AMiddle Eastern Export metallic and wool Tugrah-style carpet
early 20th Century
60 by 60 inches
PROVENANCE: inherited
*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.

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