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'Chessboard' Carpet

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Geography:
probably Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Animal hair (warp and pile), wool (weft); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: H. 73 1/2 in. (186.7 cm) W. 51 in. (129.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1969
Accession Number:
69.267
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 458
The field of the so-called "Chessboard" carpet is usually applied on a vermillion ground and divided into rectangular compartments, each containing an eight-pointed star composed of an endless knot of interlaced bands. The stars are encircled by small abstract radiating trefoil ornaments resembling fleur-de-lys, cypresses, and rosettes. On the large border that frames the central compartments of this design, poly-lobed lozengelike medallions alternate with cartouches. Stylized fleur-de-lys fill these motifs as well as the blue-green background.
Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1960–69; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Islamic Carpets: The Joseph V. McMullan Collection," June 11, 1970–August 2, 1970.

Toronto. Aga Khan Museum. "A Thirst for Riches: Carpets from the East in Paintings from the West," June 6–October 18, 2015.

McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 3, pp. 26-27, ill. pl. 3 (color).

Ettinghausen, Richard. "Islamic Carpets. The Joseph V. McMullan Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 28, no. 10 (1970). pp. 404, 406, ill. p. 406 (color).

"The Joseph V. McMullan Collection." In Islamic Carpets. New York, 1970. no. 24.

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 96, pp. 183, 229, ill. fig. 157 (b/w).



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