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The 'Simonetti' Carpet

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
ca. 1500
Geography:
Egypt, probably Cairo
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wool (warp, weft, and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: L. 353 in. (896.6 cm) W. 94 in. (238.8 cm) Tube: L. 106 in. (269.2 cm) Diam. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.105
  • Description

    Named the "Simonetti" carpet after a former owner, this majestic weaving is among the most famous of all Mamluk carpets. One of the larger examples of its type, the carpet has five medallions instead of the more customary one or three and displays a slightly brighter and more varied color palette. Likely produced in Egypt under the Mamluk dynasty, such carpets are surprisingly rich in appearance considering their relatively coarse weave and limited color range. The overall effect is that of a shimmering mosaic.

  • Provenance

    Guidi da Faenza, Italy (until 1902); [ Attilio Simonetti, Rome, from at least 1910; cat., 1912, no. 167]; [ Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome]; Pisa Collection, Italy (in 1937); [ P. W. French and Company, New York , until 1970; sold to MMA]

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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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