Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Rug including fringe: H. 64 in. (162.6 cm)
W. 52 1/2 in. (133.4 cm)
Bequest of Joseph V. McMullan, 1973
Not on view
"Ghirlandaio" carpets are named for the Italian Renaissance artist Domenico Ghirlandaio, in whose paintings these distinctive carpets sometimes appear. The typical design of these carpets features a central octagonal medallion inscribed within a square from whose sides curvilinear designs emerge, forming the overall diamond shape shown here. This carpet is likely the production of a small commercial workshop or a village weaver.
Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1965–d. 1973; bequeathed to MMA)
Paris. Institut du Monde Arabe. "Le Ciel dans un tapis (Heaven in a Carpet)," December 7, 2004–March 27, 2005, no. 5.
Lisbon. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. "Le Ciel dans un tapis (Heaven in a Carpet)," April 28, 2005–July 31, 2005, no. 5.
"[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. 96, p. 52, ill. pl. XXXV (color).
McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 96, pp. 296-297, ill. pl. 96 (color).
Le Ciel dans un Tapis. Paris and Lisbon: Editions Snoeck, 2004. no. 5, pp. 92-93, ill. p. 93 (color).