Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Rug: H. 114 1/2 in. (290.8 cm)
W. 60 in. (152.4 cm)
D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1972
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
The starlike medallions that give this type of carpet its name were a favored design among commercial weavers of the Ushak district of western Anatolia. The inspiration for the infinitely repeating pattern may have its source in other media, such as the architectural tilework of the same region, which often features complex interlacing designs. Most Ushak carpets are easily recognizable by their characteristic color palette of rich red, dark blue, and yellow, highlighted with touches of bright white and vibrant green.
Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1965–72; gifted to MMA)
"The Joseph V. McMullan Collection." In Islamic Carpets. New York, 1970. no. 37.
McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 68, pp. 232-233, ill. pl. 68 (color).