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Star Ushak Carpet

Object Name:
probably 17th century
West Central Turkey
Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
H. 1213/4 in. (309.2 cm) W. 71 in. (180.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Accession Number:
Not on view
The starlike medallions that give this type of carpet its name were a favored design among the commercial weavers of the Ushak district of western Anatolia. The inspiration for the infinitely repeating pattern may have its source in other media, such as architectural tilework. Most Ushak carpets are easily recognizable by their characteristic color palette of rich red, dark blue, and yellow, often highlighted with touches of bright white and fresh green.
James F. Ballard, St. 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. 26, p. 16, ill. (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. 74, pp. 187, 222, ill. fig. 164 (b/w).

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