Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • "Simonetti" Carpet, ca. 1500; Mamluk
    Attributed to Egypt
    Pile weave, wool pile on wool foundation, ca. 100 asymmetrical knots per square inch; W. 94 in. (238.8 cm), L. 353 in. (896.6 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1970 (1970.105)

    This majestic weaving, named for a former owner, is one of the most famous of all Mamluk carpets. It has five medallions instead of the more customary one or three, and a slightly brighter, more varied palette than is usual for its type. Mamluk carpets are surprisingly rich in appearance considering the relatively coarse weave and limited color range. The overall effect is that of a shimmering mosaic.

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  • "Simonetti" Carpet, ca. 1500; Mamluk
    Attributed to Egypt
    Pile weave, wool pile on wool foundation, ca. 100 asymmetrical knots per square inch; W. 94 in. (238.8 cm), L. 353 in. (896.6 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1970 (1970.105)

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