Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Rug: L. 65 in. (165.1 cm)
W. 54 1/2in. (138.4 cm)
Tube: L. 62 in. (157.5 cm)
Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, Louis V. Bell Fund and Fletcher, Pfeiffer and Rogers Funds, 1990
Not on view
With its highly geometricized design, this wool rug differs markedly from the refined courtly carpets, and represents an earlier tradition of weaving that was popular in Europe, where rugs like this are found in fourteenth- and fifteenth century churches and paintings. In fact, the depiction of a rug with the same design as this in an early fifteenth-century Sienese painting allowed for the dating of this example. This is one of only three complete rugs of such an early date and its design of large confronted animals, each with a smaller animal inside, probably derives from contemporary textiles.
Fred Cagan, Nepal ; [ Lisbet Holmes Textiles, London, by 1989–90; sold to MMA]
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Roxburgh, David J., ed. Turks: Journey of a Thousand Years, 600–1600. London, New York: Royal Academy of Arts, 2005. no. 98, pp. 142-43, ill. fig. 98 (color).
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 234, pp. 8, 328-330, ill. p. 329 (color).