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'Lotto' Carpet

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
16th century
Geography:
Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: L. 85 1/2 in. (217.2 cm) W. 51 1/4 in. (130.2 cm) Wt. 19 lbs. (8.6 kg) with cradle
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.167.1
Not on view
Carpets displaying this striking design of stylized vegetal arabesques in yellow on a red ground are often called "Lotto" carpets after a famous altarpiece by Italian Renaissance painter Lorenzo Lotto that depicts a similar carpet. Early examples of Lotto carpets exhibit borders like the one seen here. Thought to derive from a rectilinear form of Arabic script known as kufic, this type of interlaced border is characteristic of many early Turkish carpets.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1908; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 312, ill. fig. 207 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 68, pp. 184, 220, ill. fig. 158 (b/w).

Ellis, Charles. Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988. pp. 28-29.



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