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‘Ghirlandaio’ Carpet

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
19th century
Geography:
Attributed to Turkey
Medium:
Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug including fringe: H. 64 in. (162.6 cm) W. 52 1/2 in. (133.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joseph V. McMullan, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.149.23
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).



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