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Lotto Rug
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Lotto
173 x 112 cm (5' 8" x 3' 8")
Turkey, 17th century
Condition: according to age, low pile, both sides restored, several small old repairs, clear signs of use
Warp: wool, weft: wool, pile: wool

In the 16th and 17th centuries, rugs of this design were extremely popular imports from the Ottoman Empire via Venice and Genoa into Western Europe. These carpets were highly valued, then as they are today, as items of great prestige and artistic merit. In particular the compositions, colours and textures greatly appealed to artists of the period. Such carpets appeared in prominent positions in many religious depictions in 15th-century Renaissance art and accompanying the rich and powerful in portraits of the 16th and 17th century. This design of golden arabesques on a red ground was clearly depicted in paintings of the Venetian artist Lorenzo Lotto (1480–1556), whose name is now used to describe this group of rugs. There are three different design types of this field pattern; this example has one described as the ‘kilim’ style, whereby elements of the design are more geometric, and the outlines are more serrated than hooked (as in the ‘Anatolian’ or ‘ornamented’ styles). In many cases these carpets were used to decorate tables rather than floors, and consequently can suffer from extensive wear and
damage. That is not the case in this example, which still has plenty of original pile.
This respected scholar Kurt Erdmann, who is also the director of the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin, wrote in 1970 that he believed that there were roughly 500 Lotto rugs in existence, a number that might well today be slightly larger, and that most of these were in private and museum collections. And while Lotto rugs do come onto the art market, they are in no way common. Their dynamic compositions, refined character, and well-documented importance appeal to today’s collectors in much the same way as they did to the artists and connoisseurs 400 years ago.
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Lotto Rug

Estimate €25,000 - €35,000
Oct 01, 2022
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Starting Price €13,000
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0150: Lotto Rug
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Est. €25,000 - €35,000Starting Price €13,000
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Lot 0150 Details
Description
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Lotto
173 x 112 cm (5' 8" x 3' 8")
Turkey, 17th century
Condition: according to age, low pile, both sides restored, several small old repairs, clear signs of use
Warp: wool, weft: wool, pile: wool

In the 16th and 17th centuries, rugs of this design were extremely popular imports from the Ottoman Empire via Venice and Genoa into Western Europe. These carpets were highly valued, then as they are today, as items of great prestige and artistic merit. In particular the compositions, colours and textures greatly appealed to artists of the period. Such carpets appeared in prominent positions in many religious depictions in 15th-century Renaissance art and accompanying the rich and powerful in portraits of the 16th and 17th century. This design of golden arabesques on a red ground was clearly depicted in paintings of the Venetian artist Lorenzo Lotto (1480–1556), whose name is now used to describe this group of rugs. There are three different design types of this field pattern; this example has one described as the ‘kilim’ style, whereby elements of the design are more geometric, and the outlines are more serrated than hooked (as in the ‘Anatolian’ or ‘ornamented’ styles). In many cases these carpets were used to decorate tables rather than floors, and consequently can suffer from extensive wear and
damage. That is not the case in this example, which still has plenty of original pile.
This respected scholar Kurt Erdmann, who is also the director of the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin, wrote in 1970 that he believed that there were roughly 500 Lotto rugs in existence, a number that might well today be slightly larger, and that most of these were in private and museum collections. And while Lotto rugs do come onto the art market, they are in no way common. Their dynamic compositions, refined character, and well-documented importance appeal to today’s collectors in much the same way as they did to the artists and connoisseurs 400 years ago.
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