Title: Antique Bergama Rug
Size: 2.17×1.09m / 7’2″x3’7″
Origin: Vicinity of Bergama, West Anatolia (Turkey).
Material: Wool pile, cotton warps, blue wefts.
Colours and Design: Natural dyes. The colours are superb! Terracotta with blue, beige, brown, along with hints of peach and purple. Geometric medallion design consisting of 4 medallions (3 blue, one brown) surrounded with wide beige border decorated with geometric symbols.
Condition/Age: It has low pile and corrosion to brown wool as well as historic restorations. These restorations include: a patch repair measuring 43x3cm (see image 10), a small reweave of 4x4cm to one of the blue medallions (refer to image 9) and two small reweaves to the borders of 5x7cm & 4x2cm (see images 7 & 8); the fringes are secured and it has been cleaned.
It dates from the late Nineteenth Century.
This interesting Antique Anatolian Rug was originally sold by Jolly & Son Limited in Bath on the 29th August 1945.
The purchase price of £55 was a lot of money back then, as an average salary was £214 (and indeed, this was before the end of World War Two). It was the equivalent of around £2100 in today’s money (& in an era before VAT existed)!
The Oriental Rug Merchant, 11 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1UL, UK