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The Oriental Rug A Monograph on Eastern Rugs   By: (1854-1913)

The Oriental Rug A Monograph on Eastern Rugs by W. D. (William DeLancey) Ellwanger

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THE ORIENTAL RUG

[Illustration:

PLATE I. ANTIQUE LADIK Prayer Rug FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. GEORGE H. ELLWANGER Size: 3.10 x 6]

THE ORIENTAL RUG

A MONOGRAPH ON EASTERN RUGS AND CARPETS, SADDLE BAGS, MATS & PILLOWS. WITH A CONSIDERATION OF KINDS AND CLASSES, TYPES, BORDERS, FIGURES, DYES, SYMBOLS ETC. TOGETHER WITH SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE TO COLLECTORS.

BY W. D. ELLWANGER

Author of "A Summer Snowflake"

NEW YORK: DODD, MEAD & COMPANY. 1909

Copyright, 1903 BY DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY Published September, 1903

PREFACE

That Oriental rugs are works of art in the highest sense of the term, and that fine antique specimens, of even modest size, have a financial value of ten, fifteen, or thirty eight thousand dollars, has been recently determined at public auction. At this auction, several nations had a representative voice in the bidding, and the standard of price was fairly established. The value of rugs may have been imaginary and sentimental heretofore; it is now a definite fact, with figures apparently at the minimum. What the maximum may prove, remains to be seen.

Choice old rugs, therefore, to day come into the same class with genuine paintings of the old Dutch School; with canvases of Teniers, Ruysdael, Cuyp, Ostade, or whatever similar artist's work may have escaped the museums. They vie in prestige with the finest examples of Corot, Diaz, Troyon, or Daubigny; and in monetary supremacy they overtop the rarest and grandest of Chinese porcelains.

And yet the Oriental rug, as against such competitors for the wealthy collectors' favour, has hardly a history, and is practically without a name or a pedigree. Experts will tell you at a glance whether or not your Wouverman is genuine, or inform you where every true Corot was owned or whence it was bartered or stolen. In Chinese porcelains, the knowing dealer will easily prove to you not only under what dynasty but in what decade or year a particular piece was produced.

The painting has descent, signature, or the brush mark of a school to father it. The Chinese vase, bowl, or jar has its marks, cyphers, stamps and dates, and an undoubted genealogy to vouch for its authenticity. The rug must speak for itself and go upon its intrinsic merits. It is its own guarantee and certificate of artistic and financial value.

The study of Oriental rugs, therefore, can never lead to an exact science or approximate dogmatic knowledge. Whoever is interested in them must needs rely upon his personal judgment or the seller's advice. There is practically only one current book authority in the premises.

A new volume on the subject would thus seem to be well justified. It is the hope of the author that this book may prove itself sound and practical, and that it may help to make more clear and simple the right appreciation of a valuable rug.

W. D. ELLWANGER

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 1903

CONTENTS

Chapter Page

I. THE MYSTERY OF THE RUG 3

II. GENERAL CLASSIFICATION 13

III. OF THE MAKING, AND OF DESIGNS, BORDERS, ETC. 21

IV. OF THE DYEING 35

V. OF PERSIAN RUGS, SPECIFICALLY 43

VI. CAUCASIAN RUGS, DAGHESTAN AND RUSSIAN TYPES 61

VII. OF TURKISH VARIETIES 69

VIII. TURKOMAN OR TURKESTAN RUGS 79

IX. OF ORIENTAL CARPETS, SADDLE BAGS, PILLOWS, ETC. 93

X. AUCTIONS, AUCTIONEERS, AND DEALERS 107

XI. INSCRIPTIONS AND DATES 121

XII. GENERAL OBSERVATIONS AND PARTICULAR ADVICE 131

LIST OF PLATES

PLATE

I. LADIK Frontispiece

II. KONIAH Facing page 22

III. KAZAK " " 36

IV. SEHNA " " 44

V. CHICHI " " 50

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