'Star Ushak' Carpet, Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile

'Star Ushak' Carpet

Object Name:
16th–17th century
Attributed to Turkey
Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Rug: L. 108 in. (274.3 cm)
W. 65 5/8 in. (166.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
Not on view
The starlike medallions that give this type of carpet its name were a favored design among commercial weavers of the Ushak district of western Anatolia. The inspiration for the infinitely repeating pattern may have its source in other media, such as architectural tilework. Most Ushak carpets are easily recognizable by their characteristic color palette of rich red, dark blue, and yellow, often highlighted with touches of bright white and fresh green.
#6650. Overview: Ushak Medallion Carpets
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[ Bode, Inc., 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. 73, p. 221, ill. p. 221 (b/w).