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A really nice antique Melas Prayer Rug at Sotheby's Preview December 2010

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As a group Turkish rugs are gennerally made very much the same. Antique Milas rugs however may exhibit a variation in the number of wefts (2 - 4) that is unusual. Knot counts range from 30 to 60 kpsi. The James A. Lucas Antique Melas rug, lot 16

The James A. Lucas Antique Melas rug, lot 16

 
  A 19th Century Antique Milas Rug

A 19th Century Antique Milas Rug

In Oriental Carpets Ulrich Schurmann suggest that in Melas rugs made before 1870 we should look for the use of Cochineal. This ranges from a purple brown up to a hint of violet.

Lots of Yellow with Red Wefts

Turkish rugs are a fairly homogeneous lot. One area where Milas rugs stand out is in the use of yellow and the use of red wefts. Of all Turkish ruigs when you see extravagent use of yellow think Milas first. Sizes tend to be small up to about 6 meters (70 sq. ft.)

The Ed Krayer Melas Rug

The Ed Krayer Melas Rug

  Antique Melas-Karaova rug, lot 18

Antique Melas-Karaova rug, lot 18

Karaova

Melas-Karaova is a village 17 miles southwest of Milas. It is noted for this sort of "strpped Milas" rug.

Melas has a long tradition of rugs using designs that are not traditional to Anatolia. In Oriental Carpets Ulrich Schurmann attributes the designs in one rug to the French Market. Antique 'Baroque' Melas Prayer Rug C. 1850 Sotheby's Lot 14

Antique 'Baroque' Melas Prayer Rug C. 1850 Sotheby's Lot 14

 

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