Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Rug: L. 85 1/2 in. (217.2 cm)
W. 51 1/4 in. (130.2 cm)
Wt. 19 lbs. (8.6 kg) with cradle
Rogers Fund, 1908
Not on view
Carpets displaying this striking design of stylized vegetal arabesques in yellow on a red ground are often called "Lotto" carpets after a famous altarpiece by Italian Renaissance painter Lorenzo Lotto that depicts a similar carpet. Early examples of Lotto carpets exhibit borders like the one seen here. Thought to derive from a rectilinear form of Arabic script known as kufic, this type of interlaced border is characteristic of many early Turkish carpets.