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Textile Fragment

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
last quarter 16th century
Geography:
Egypt, Cairo
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wool (warp, weft, and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: H. 77 1/2 in. (196.9 cm) W. 55 1/2 in. (141 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.263.1
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).



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