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Carpet

Date:
early 16th century
Geography:
probably Egypt, probably Cairo
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wool, (warp, weft and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: H. 84 in. (213.4 cm) W. 105 in. (266.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Accession Number:
22.100.52
  • Description

    Documents first refer to Cairo as a carpet-weaving center in the last quarter of the fifteenth century. Carpets of this type figured significantly in Mediterranean commerce and appear in Venetian paintings as early as the sixteenth century. They are characterized by a kaleidoscopic profusion of tiny motifs in a limited color range, resulting in an iridescent effect. Production of these so-called Mamluk carpets continued until the mid-sixteenth century, after the 1517 Ottoman conquest of Egypt.

  • Provenance

    James F. Ballard, San Louis, MO (until 1922; gifted to MMA)

  • See also
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    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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