The Textile Museum R34.2.14
The designs in this small carpet are based upon a square grid, evident in the
black outlines. Very often in commercial weaving of handmade Turkish carpets,
designs are first developed on graph paper. The result is called a cartoon,
which the weaver follows to make the carpet. Typically in the cartoon, each
square represents one knot.
The symmetry within the two panels in the central field of this rug approximates reflection along both the horizontal and the vertical axis, but there are many surprises with no true symmetry. The border pattern utilizes rotational symmetry with color change.
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