Date: ca. 1550

Geography: Attributed to Egypt, Cairo

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

Dimensions: Textile: H. 79 in. (200.7 cm)
W. 48 in. (121.9 cm)
Mount: H. 84 3/4 in. (215.3cm)
W. 55 3/4 in. (141.6 cm)
D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1971

Accession Number: 1971.263.2


This wool carpet presents a large border with repeating large blossoms, framing an extensive surface decorated with repeating chintamanis, the pearl-like spots that were popular in the Ottoman court. A circular medallion occupies the center, with a fleur-de-lis like motif at its top and bottom forming a vertical axis. The design of a central medallion and four corner quarter-medallions is thought to have originated in decorative book bindings. While displaying a Turkish design, the technique and materials of this carpet are actually Egyptian—reflecting the presence of Egyptian carpet weavers in sixteenth-century Ottoman workshops.