Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Rug: H. 234 1/2 in. (595.6 cm) W. 132 in. (335.3 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1908
Not on view
Made in large numbers and hugely popular both in the Ottoman empire and in Europe, medallion Ushak carpets such as this were produced from the later fifteenth century to the eighteenth. The design in theory repeats infinitely in all directions, although "cut" by the border. It consists of ogival medallions alternating with smaller eight-lobed "stars."
[ Indjoudjian Frères, Paris, until 1908; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 76, pp. 188, 222, ill. fig. 166 (b/w).