"Ornamental Lotto" Carpet

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459

Carpets displaying this striking design of stylized vegetal arabesques in yellow on a red background are often called "Lottos," after a famous altarpiece by the Italian Renaissance painter Lorenzo Lotto that includes a similar textile. The motifs depicted in the center field here have additional hooks and curls that render the overall impression more decorative. "Ornamental Lottos" like this one commonly have a border containing a series of medallions with symmetrical patterns based on the split-palmette. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Lotto carpets became a popular motif in Dutch and Flemish painting. Artists depicted them on tables in domestic scenes, portraits, and, occasionally, still lifes, as a sign of wealth and good taste.


"Ornamental Lotto" Carpet, Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile

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