First off let us apologize for making you email these photos when you had already posted them in the Kazbah’s buy/sell/discuss area. Regrettably we did not, until today, look in there, so thanks for posting them there originally and then for emailing us a second set of copies.
All that said, we must state this appears to be a somewhat fruitless exercise, as we do not find in either of these two pieces anything interesting or important. Frankly, they are both, in our opinion, rather uninteresting “antique decorative” or, if you prefer, entry-level “collector” pieces.
The “Malataya” prayer rug
has that typically boring look most post-1850 Turkish prayer rugs demonstrate. While it does have some measures of quality and condition – that’s why we’d class it as “antique decorative” --, needless to say, rugs of this ilk can never get us to say anything else about them.
As for the second piece, what you have called an “antique Chi-Chi Kuba”
we will again have to say it, too, interests us not. It, like the Malataya prayer, has nothing worth talking about – it is not historic, beautiful or noteworthy. Well, at least in our opinion.
We find it somewhat curious that you have sent these photos with, what we perceive as, an intent to publicize their sale.
Do you own them?
Where are they for sale?
Here at RK.com we are glad to discuss rugs on the market and, naturally, their prices. In fact, we encourage all types of discussion concerning every aspect of Oriental rugs, the rug-world and the business of selling and trading them. Unlike other web sites, like professor clown’s sand-box of turkotrekkers where a dearth of experience or expertise prevents any cogent commentary, at RK.com you can always rely our vast knowledge and unbiased stance will provide what we feel is the best source of information about rugs on the internet.
We do welcome you, or any other reader, who feels our assessment of these two rugs is incorrect to present their case but please spare us the “I like it” type of rebuttal and stick to providing facts as to why.
By the way “Rupe”, the style and “look” of the photos you sent-- we are speaking of the ‘photoshop’ presentation not the rugs themselves-- reminds us of jim, aka jimbo, allen’s work. Are you he? And is that why you chose to remain anonymous?