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Mamluk Carpet

Object Name:
early 16th century
Attributed to probably Egypt, probably Cairo
Wool, (warp, weft and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Rug: H. 84 in. (213.4 cm) W. 105 in. (266.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
Mamluk style carpets figured significantly in Mediterranean commerce and appear in Venetian paintings as early as the sixteenth century. They are characterized by a central medallion surrounded by a variety of smaller geometric motifs, forming a kaleidoscopic appearance. The palette is limited to red, blue, green, and yellow tones. Documents first refer to Cairo as a center of carpet weaving in the last quarter of the fifteenth century, and production continued until the mid-sixteenth century, shortly after the 1517 Ottoman conquest of Egypt.
James F. Ballard, San Louis, MO (until 1922; gifted to MMA)
Breck, Joseph, and Frances Morris. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1923. no. 18, p. 12, ill. (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 310, ill. fig. 205 (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. 98, pp. 195, 230, ill. fig. 182 (b/w).

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