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Carpet with Triple-arch Design

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
ca. 1575–90
Geography:
Turkey, probably Istanbul
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk (warp and weft), wool (pile), cotton (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Accession Number:
22.100.51
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)
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. 24, p. 16, ill. (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 309, ill. fig. 204 (b/w).

Grube, Ernst J. "The Ottoman Empire." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 26, no. 5 (January 1968). no. 28, pp. 212-213, ill. p. 212 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 105, pp. 158-159, 233, ill. fig. 188, (b/w; color).

Atil, Esin, ed. Turkish Art. Washington, D.C and New York: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1980. p. 338, ill. fig. 192 (b/w).

Atil, Esin. The Age of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. Washington, DC: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987. no. 159, pp. 226-227, ill. pl,. 159 (color).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 122-23, ill. fig. 92 (color).

Ellis, Charles. Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988. p. 80.

de Montebello, Philippe, and Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. 6th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. p. 326, ill. fig. 35 (color).

Burn, Barbara, ed. Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York; Boston: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. pp. 86-87, ill. p. 87 (color).

Berinstain, Valerie. Great Carpets of the World. New York: Vendome Press, 1996. p. 58, ill. pl. 58 (color).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Collecting the "Orient" at the Met: Early Tastemakers in America." Ars Orientalis vol. 30 (2000). p. 81, ill. fig. 13 (b/w).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 237, pp. 5, 287, 232-333, ill. p. 332 (color), fig. 10 (b/w).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, and Claire Moore, ed. "A Resource for Educators." In Art of the Islamic World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 130-131, ill. pl. 24 (color).

Denny, Walter B. How to Read Islamic Carpets. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014. pp. 46-47, ill. fig. 32 (color).



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