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  • Carpet, Ottoman period (ca. 1299–1923), ca. 1550
    Egypt, Cairo
    Wool (warp, weft, and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile; H. 79 in. (200.7 cm), W. 48 in. (121.9 cm)
    Gift of James V. McMullan, 1971 (1971.263.2)

    The Ottoman workshops produced a great variety of carpet designs that usually employed a group of familiar elements consisting of naturalistic flowers, lotuses, and palmettes, often combined with feathery lanceolate leaves, medallions, arabesques, and cloud bands. This rug was woven in a center outside Istanbul, probably in Cairo, as suggested by the palette and certain technical features. It is knotted with the asymmetrical knot, the so-called Senneh or Persian knot, rather than the symmetrical Gördes or Turkish knot.

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  • Carpet, Ottoman period (ca. 1299–1923), ca. 1550
    Egypt, Cairo
    Wool (warp, weft, and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile; H. 79 in. (200.7 cm), W. 48 in. (121.9 cm)
    Gift of James V. McMullan, 1971 (1971.263.2)

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