This early twentieth century antique Turkish Sivas rug features a large oval medallion in a combination of earth tones, reds and blues, as well as an intricate design of floral and geometric abstractions and arabesques in shades of red and inky blue against a field of light brown.
The muted patina of the antique carpet is a staple of Oriental rug design and contributes to its unique look. Shapes such as the boteh, the paisley shape that represents leaves or pinecones in traditional Oriental rugs, can be seen throughout.
Sivas rug weavers traditionally used a smaller assortment of color than their Persian counterparts, achieving a remarkable range with only eight or nine colors. Primary colors tend to dominate, particularly blue and madder red, as seen in this particular piece.