"Star Ushak" Carpet

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459

The starlike medallions that give this type of carpet its name were a favored design among commercial weavers in the Ushak district of western Anatolia. The inspiration for the continuous repeating pattern may have its source in other media, such as fifteenth-century architectural tilework. Most Ushak carpets are recognizable by their characteristic color palette of rich red, dark blue, and yellow, often highlighted with touches of bright white and fresh green. Examples woven in Western Anatolia, such as this one, were often exported to Europe.

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

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