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Yamut Main Carpet

Object Name:
late 18th–early 19th century
Attributed to Western Turkmenistan, Central Asia
Wool (warp, weft, and pile)
H. 94 1/8 in. (239 cm) W. 55 1/8 in. (140 cm)
Credit Line:
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Accession Number:
Not on view
In Turkmen tents a ‘main carpet’ covered the floor, while storage bags with carpet-woven faces hung from the tent walls and carpet-woven door hangings protected the entrance. This carpet contains V-shaped motifs similar to those found in some Turkmen jewelry.
James F. Ballard, St. Louis, MO (until 1922; gifted to MMA)
Paris. Institut du Monde Arabe. "Le Ciel dans un tapis (Heaven in a Carpet)," December 7, 2004–March 27, 2005, no. 56.

Lisbon. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. "Le Ciel dans un tapis (Heaven in a Carpet)," April 28, 2005–July 31, 2005, no. 56.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Turkmen Jewelry," October 9, 2012–February 24, 2013, not in catalogue.

Breck, Joseph, and Frances Morris. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1923. no. 109, p. 55, ill. (b/w).

Le Ciel dans un Tapis. Paris and Lisbon: Editions Snoeck, 2004. no. 56, pp. 196-197, ill. p. 197 (color).

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