Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Rug: H. 104 1/4 in. (264.8 cm)
W. 72 3/4 in. (184.8 cm)
Gift from the Collection of Hillary Black Dumas and Dr. D. Gilbert Dumas, 2009
Not on view
This carpet is woven in a design derived from so-called Ghirlandaio carpets, named after the Italian Renaissance artist Domenico Ghirlandaio, who painted an altarpiece depicting such a carpet. Characteristic for this type of carpet is the central medallion composed of several motifs and forms one inscribed within the other - here a small rosette and a rectangle - from whose sides curvilinear forms emerge, creating an overall diamond shape. This carpet is likely the production of a small commercial workshop or a village weaver.
[ Art market, Paris, until 1973; sold to Black Dumas]; Hillary Black Dumasand D. Gilbert Dumas, Kensington, CA (1973–2009; gifted to MMA)
Eiland, Murray L. Oriental Rugs: A Complete Guide. Rev. 3rd ed. London, 1998. p. 173, ill. fig. 133.