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Carpet

Date:
late 15th–early 16th century
Geography:
Egypt, Cairo
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wool (warp, weft and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 98 1/2 in. (250.2 cm) W. 86 in. (218.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.190.262
  • 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 kaleidoscopic profusion of tiny motifs and 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

    George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (by 1935–41)

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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