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Carpet with Quatrefoil Design

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
late 18th–early 19th century
Geography:
Made in Turkey. Probably from Central or Eastern Anatolia
Medium:
Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
H. 69 in. (175.26 cm) W. 48 in. (121.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Accession Number:
22.100.115
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
This small carpet has a distinct star-medallion pattern that dominates the center field and a wide border in which four-flower patterns alternate with palmette motifs inserted in hook-like arch-motifs. The quatrefoil design derives from the medallion star-pattern rugs. Both quatrefoil and star patterns were common in workshops of the Ushak district. However the dark colors used in the background of the outer border of this carpet and the pile of white and green made of three yarns (instead of the usual two yarn pile) rather point to Central or Eastern Anatolia as the production place. The small size of this rug suggests that it was woven in a village, where women are known rather than men to have established small workshops.
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. 27, p. 17, 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. 75, pp. 187, 222, ill. fig. 165 (b/w).

Ellis, Charles. Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988. p. 71.



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