Wool (warp, weft and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Textile: L. 98 1/2 in. (250.2 cm)
W. 86 in. (218.4 cm)
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Not on view
Documents first refer to Cairo as a carpet‑weaving center in the last quarter of the fifteenth century. Carpets of this type figured significantly in Mediterranean commerce and appear in Venetian paintings as early as the sixteenth century. They are characterized by kaleidoscopic profusion of tiny motifs and a limited color range, resulting in an iridescent effect. Production of these so‑called Mamluk carpets continued until the mid-sixteenth century, after the 1517 Ottoman conquest of Egypt.
George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (by 1935–41; bequeathed to MMA)
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 119, pp. 282-283, ill. p. 283 (b/w).