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Variant 'Star' Ushak Carpet

Date: Late 15th or early 16th century
Size: 19 feet 2 inches by 7 feet 9 inches
Sale price: £265,250 ($416,436)

A carpet category, or style, can span a century or more, and/or sometimes be tied to a ruling family or dynasty. This carpet is from either the last quarter of the 15th century or the first quarter of the 16th century. (The star in its title refers to the celestial object.)

Ushak carpets were first seen in Anatolia but are also identified with the Ottoman period. They were used to decorate walls as much as floors and were used as room dividers.

Christie’s notes there are “areas of slight wear, one end re-woven, small, scattered other repairs.” If the color is faded or weak, it likely means the carpet was restored in some way," says Christie’s senior director William Robinson.

Photo: Christie's