This rug features magical lines on the front and back (Arabic: hamayil), which visibly form diamonds over the prayer niche. Hamayil are a type of muska and also are meant to provide protection from evil spirits. The typical Çubukli border is also a notable feature for rugs from Gördes and Avanos. The prayer niche is covered in stylized houseflies (Turkish: sinek). For this reason, this type of Gördes rug is also called a Sinekli Gördes.
Published: Posth/Collected Beauty, plate 15, p. 46;
Comparable pieces: Danker, A., No. 23 Cohen, G., Tav. IV, V Iten-Maritz, J.: Enzyklopädie, p. 113 (Fig. 3 and 5), p. 119 Ionescu, S.: Tuduc, p. 106, where an interesting forgery of our piece by Teodor Tuduc can be seen Rietberg Museum Zurich, Fig. 25, p. 32
Year: 1st half 19th century
Size: 193 x 124 cm