Wool (warp, weft, and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Rug: H. 77 1/2 in. (196.9 cm)
W. 55 1/2 in. (141 cm)
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1971
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
Associated with the Mamluks in Egypt and Syria, Mamluk-style carpets figured significantly in Mediterranean commerce and appear in Venetian paintings from the sixteenth century. The style of these carpets is characterized by medallions surrounded by a variety of smaller geometric motifs, forming a kaleidoscopic appearance. The palette is limited to red, blue, green, and yellow tones. Documents first refer to Cairo as a center of carpet weaving in the last quarter of the fifteenth century, and production continued until the mid-sixteenth century, shortly after the 1517 Ottoman conquest of Egypt.
Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1963–71; gifted to MMA)
McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 1, pp. 22-23, ill. pl. 1 (color).