Confronted Animal Rug

Object Name: Carpet

Date: 14th century

Geography: Attributed to Turkey

Medium: Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, Louis V. Bell Fund and Fletcher, Pfeiffer and Rogers Funds, 1990

Accession Number: 1990.61


When this rug was discovered, its unusual field design, rows of animals within animals, was otherwise known only in a rug depicted in a Sienese painting of about 1410, "The Marriage of the Virgin", by Gregorio di Cecco di Luca (National Gallery, London). The pattern of the painted version, partially obscured by standing figures, was not comprehensible without the Metropolitan's rug. The field design probably derives from medieval textiles patterned with single or paired animals in compartments. This purchase, hailed in rug-collecting circles, brought to the Museum one of the best preserved, earliest Turkish carpets in the world. Only two other carpets of a similar date are known.