Rug: L. 68 in. (172.7 cm)
W. 50 in. (127 cm)
Mount: L. 71 in. (180.3 cm)
W. 53 3/4 in. (136.5 cm)
D. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Wt. 120 lbs. (54.4 kg)
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Not on view
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); Félix Doistau, Paris (from 1907); James F. Ballard, St. Louis, MO (until 1922; gifted to MMA)
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