Mirco Cattai, owner of Mirco Cattai Gallery, Via Manzoni 12, Milan is presenting an exhibition, 'Anatolian Rugs from the Ottoman Empire', until 11 february 2023.
The exhibition will feature 30 artifacts from the Ottoman Empire.
The Anatolian carpets arrived in Europe through Venice, the gateway to the East, between the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century are perhaps the most successful typology of classic Anatolian carpets and which has been most reproduced in European painting starting from the early 16th century. In fact, over eighty pictorial representations are known, which provide valuable elements for dating the still existing carpets, documenting their use.
Some of these specimens are named after important artists such as Holbein, Tintoretto, Bellini, Lotto.
Unlike the European specimens, the Lutheran, Saxon Churches, the parish warehouses in Transylvania and the museums in Romania still have around 400 carpets (including large fragments) dating from the early 16th to the 18th century. They form the richest and best-preserved corpus of small-format rugs from the Ottoman period outside of Turkey, as well as a fully representative cross-section of the production of Anatolian rugs for export. The fact of hanging the carpets on the walls allowed them to reach us in a state of good conservation, a very curious and rare case.
It is indeed fortunate that such a wealth of oriental rugs, mostly woven by women from Anatolian villages, has survived.
A special invitation, on this unique occasion to visit a collection of masterpieces that came out of Romania in the past and that have enhanced the most important collections around the world, collected in 25 years of travel and dedication.
Anatolian Rugs from the Ottoman Empire
Anatolian carpets from Transylvania from the 16th to the 17th century
December 1st - December 24th 2022
Opening: Wednesday 1 December 2022 at 10.30