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


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.

Related link:

Link to Discover Carpet Art Website