'Lotto' Carpet

Object Name: Carpet

Date: 16th century

Geography: Attributed to Turkey

Medium: Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile

Dimensions: Rug: L. 85 1/2 in. (217.2 cm)
W. 51 1/4 in. (130.2 cm)
Wt. 19 lbs. (8.6 kg) with cradle

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1908

Accession Number: 08.167.1


Carpets displaying this striking design of stylized vegetal arabesques in yellow on a red ground are often called "Lotto" carpets after a famous altarpiece by Italian Renaissance painter Lorenzo Lotto that depicts a similar carpet. Early examples of Lotto carpets exhibit borders like the one seen here. Thought to derive from a rectilinear form of Arabic script known as kufic, this type of interlaced border is characteristic of many early Turkish carpets.

Related link:

Link to Discover Carpet Art Website