Carpet with Triple-Arch Design

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459

This carefully drawn, subtly colored carpet is among the finest of all Ottoman weavings. One of the earliest carpets to include a triple-arched gateway, its design probably originated in the Ottoman imperial workshop. The hanging lamp in the center arch recalls verses from the Qur'an that liken God to the light of a lamp, placed within a niche. The combination of this carpet’s imagery, high quality, and relatively small size suggest that it was used as a prayer rug by a member of the Ottoman courtly elite.

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Carpet with Triple-Arch Design, Silk (warp and weft), wool (pile), cotton (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

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