Our design for Andrea Pacciani is based on a carpet that is owned by the Monastery Church is Shigisoara, Transylvania. Typical elements of these small format Chintamani are the stepped arch, corner designs in the field, and lattice borders.  The structure of the Chintamani rugs is consistent, they have ivory warps and wefts, lazy lines, short pile and a very limited range of color.  One interesting theory about the white ground carpets holds that they were meant for "hamadans" (public baths).  Probably dating  from the early 17th century, this rug contains several areas with major repairs.  Our thanks to carpet scholar Stefano Ionescu for the use of this photograph, from his book "Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania (

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