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Conserving the Emperor's Carpet
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Cushion Cover (Yastik)
Fragmentary Loom Width with Wavy-vine Pattern
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 460
This carefully drawn, subtly colored carpet is among the finest of all Ottoman weavings. One of the earliest carpets to include a triple-arched gateway, its design probably originated in the Ottoman imperial workshop. The hanging lamp in the center arch recalls verses from the Qur'an that liken God to the light of a lamp, placed within a niche. The combination of this carpet’s imagery, high quality, and relatively small size suggest that it was used as a prayer rug by a member of the Ottoman courtly elite.
Edouard Chappey, Paris (until 1907; sale, Galerie GeorgesPetit, Paris, June 5–7, 1907, no. 1909); Felix Doistau, Paris (from 1907); James F. Ballard, St. Louis, MO (until 1922)
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