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Carpet

Date:
ca. 1550
Geography:
Egypt, Cairo
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wool (warp, weft, and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 79 in. (200.7 cm) W. 48 in. (121.9 cm) Mount: H. 84 3/4 in. (215.3cm) W. 55 3/4 in. (141.6 cm) D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.263.2
  • Description

    This wool carpet presents a large border with repeating large blossoms, framing an extensive surface decorated with repeating chintamanis, the pearl-like spots that were popular in the Ottoman court. A circular medallion occupies the center, with a fleur-de-lis like motif at its top and bottom forming a vertical axis. The design of a central medallion and four corner quarter-medallions is thought to have originated in decorative book bindings. While displaying a Turkish design, the technique and materials of this carpet are actually Egyptian—reflecting the presence of Egyptian carpet weavers in sixteenth-century Ottoman workshops.

  • Provenance

    Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1965–71)

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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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