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Prayer Rug

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
late 16th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt or Turkey
Medium:
Silk, wool
Dimensions:
Rug: H. 71 in. (180.34 cm) W. 44 in. (111.76 cm) Mount: H. 78 3/4 in. (200 cm) W. 52 1/2 in. (133.4 cm) D. 2 3/8 (6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joseph V. McMullan, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.149.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460
The Ottoman workshops produced a great variety of carpet designs that usually employed a group of familiar elements, consisting of naturalistic flowers, lotuses, and palmettes, often combined with feathery lanceolate leaves, medallions, arabesques, and cloud bands—all of which are seen here. This rug is attributed to the court manufactory in Istanbul because of the distinct, well-drawn patterns in the field and the border, as well as the all-silk foundation. The small size and overall design of an arch shape in the central field suggest that this carpet was used as a prayer rug.
[ Alphonse Kann, Paris, until 1927; his sale, American Art Association, NewYork, January 6–8, 1927, no. 501]; Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1965–d. 1973; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. New-York Historical Society. "Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors," April 4, 2008–August 17, 2008, pl. 106.

"[catalogue of an exhibition held at the] Hayward Gallery, London, 19 October –10 December 1972." In Islamic Carpets from the Joseph V. McMullan Collection. London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1972. no. 4, p. 34, ill. pl. XXI (color).

McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 4, pp. 32-33, ill. pl. 4 (color).

Thompson, Jon. "Exotic Textiles from New York Collectors." In Timbuktu to Tibet. New York, 2008. pp. 300-301, ill. pl. 106 (color).

Denny, Walter B. How to Read Islamic Carpets. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014. pp. 86-87, ill. fig. 73 (color).



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