Ottoman Court Carpet

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460

This splendid carpet, with feathery leaves, stylized lotus flowers, and tightly curled cloud‑band scrolls, displays characteristics associated with a group of carpets of debated provenance. While the wool and weaving methods of this group are akin to carpets woven in Egypt, their designs probably were produced in Istanbul. Documents reveal that on at least one occasion in 1585, the Ottoman sultan Murad III requested that a number of Cairene weavers, along with a quantity of Egyptian wool, be brought to the court in Istanbul. Such interactions may explain the unexpected combination of materials, technique, and design found in these carpets.

#6648. Overview: Ottoman Court Carpets

Ottoman Court Carpet, Wool (warp, weft and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

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