The original carpet which inspired our design can be seen in the Black Church in Brasov.  It is believed to date from the mid 17th century.  The carpet scholar May Beattie has proposed that the column rug designs are related to a rare group of finely woven late 16th to early 17th century Ottoman court prayer rugs.  If this thesis is true, then this carpet is an emblematic example of a commercially inspired production derived from a more "artistically" inclined court production that potentially surpasses its model in the simplification and abstraction of the refined courtly motifs.  We would not be the first to propose this, in its prevalence and persistence among surviving carpets, this particular design is notable.  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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