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Ushak Medallion Carpet on White Ground

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
first half 17th century
Geography:
Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: L. 306 in. (777.2 cm) W. 153 1/4 in. (389.3 cm) Tube: L. 179 in. (454.7 cm) Diam. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Gift of Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.69
  • Description

    Medallion Ushak carpets usually have a red or blue field decorated with a floral trellis or leaf tendrils, central medallions, and a border containing palmettes on a floral and leaf scroll, and pseudo-kufic characters. In this example (partially restored), a typical white-ground field pattern is combined with the Medallion Ushak to form a new category of Ottoman carpets. Its triple spots-and-wavy double stripes pattern, called çintamani appears frequently in Ottoman art from the sixteenth century on tiles, paintings, book bindings, and particularly on textiles and garments. The design may be a blending of an ancient tradition in which tribal elements have been adjusted to courtly taste.

  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, London, May 4, 1951, lot 60, to Perez; [ Elia Perez, London, in 1951; sold to Gruss]; Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss, New York (by 1953–84)

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