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Tribal Carpet with Medallion Design

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
18th century
Geography:
Attributed to Turkey, probably Konya
Medium:
Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
H. 77 in. (195.6 cm) W. 56 1/2 in. (143.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Accession Number:
22.100.25
Not on view
The red ground of this carpet, with its eight-pointed shape, recalls earlier medallion carpets from Anatolia. The central motif, divided into alternating blue and white sectors, however, is reminiscent of nomadic gul or tribal emblems, and strongly suggests the Turkmen heritage of the carpet’s Anatolian village weaver.
James F. Ballard, St. Louis, MO (until 1922; gifted to MMA)
Breck, Joseph, and Frances Morris. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1923. no. 76, p. 40, ill. (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 144, pp. 215, 248, ill. fig. 211 (b/w).



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