Galleria Mirco Cattai
Founded in 1992
For the 1992 Mirco Cattai has committed himself to high quality oriental antique rugs, field in which he stands out in the Italian and international market.
In January 2011 the new art Gallery, named after him, has been inaugurated and placed in a central location namely Via Manzoni, 12, Milan.
The vast collection, from Anatolian, Caucasian and Persian rug, created between the 16th and the 19th century, is the result of the accurate quest and the meticulous selection of hundreds of specimen made by Mirco Cattai himself.
second half of 16th century
This special rug is characterized by an elegant Anatolian-style field and a very rare "Leaf and Chalice" border which generates the impression of movement. The composition is very elegant because of the excellent design and the perfect balance between the yellow-gold of the arabesques and the red of the field. By analogy, note the fragment of Lotto carpet already in the G. Oprescu collection (Bucharest).
Serapi area di Heriz
half 19th century
Carpet characterized by an imposing structure with a white background that occupies almost the entire field, in the center an elegant medallion with very irregular delicate colors that makes it unique, a piece made from memory not prepared on cardboard. Beautiful light green corners. The large border is also very archaic and irregular.
This prayer rug with striking design and pleasant colouring belongs to a small group, usually as- signed to Gördes or Kula, characterised by a horseshoe shaped mihrab. The spandrels show a com- position with a blue vine on a coral-red ground, which runs around the sides and bottom of the niche, causing it to ‘float’.The blue mihrab, which is unique to the group, is dominated by an unusually large bunch of tulips, carnations and other flowers sprouting from an ewer (ibrik).
XVII secolo/ 17th century
Cartouche border with symmetrical motifs. This provides a good ex- ample of what Jon Thompson calls ‘symmetrification’, the field design is also simplified, the ele- ments get scattered and tend to be centralized or aligned along the vertical axis; the lamps are replaced by palmettes. A similar rug, from Buzd, now in the Brukenthal Museum, bears the name of the donor and the year of the donation: suo sumtu ... martini vagneri anno 1675. Five other examples known, show the same design of the mai