Carpet

Date: first half 15th century

Geography: Made in Murcia, Spain

Culture: Spanish

Medium: Wool

Dimensions: Overall: 122 x 66 1/2 in. (309.9 x 168.9 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1953

Accession Number: 53.79

Description

With its vividly colored pattern of stars and octagons, this rug exemplifies the distinctive "Holbein" carpets that were produced in great numbers during the fifteenth century in the Spanish province of Murcia. Illustrated in paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger as well as other artists, these carpets—Spanish adaptations of Turkish designs—found a ready market among Christian patrons.

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