Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Rug: H. 63 1/2 in. (161.3 cm) W. 47 1/2 in. (120.7 cm)
Bequest of Joseph V. McMullan, 1973
Not on view
Sometimes called "Transylvanian" carpets because many examples were found in central European churches of Hungary and Romania, where they were votive gifts, small carpets like this are often depicted in European portraits of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries draped over tables; later carpets such as this one are more infrequently encountered in paintings.
This is another rug of the double-niche type, but an especially striking effect is achieved through the introduction of an elongated diamond medallion as the dominating motif in the centre of the field. A four-pointed star in the centre of this medallion terminates at both ends in a straight stem bearing a palmette blossom and two highly stylized flowers possibly derived from the tulip. The spandrels and main border are practically identical with those of MMA no.1974.149.14.
[Arts Council 1972]
Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1965–d. 1973; bequeathed to MMA)
"Catalogue of an exhibition held at the] Hayward Gallery, London, 19 October–10 December 1972." In Islamic Carpets from the Joseph V. McMullan Collection. London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1972. no. 87, p. 50, ill. pl. XXXII.
McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 87, pp. 274-275, ill. pl. 87 (color).
Ellis, Charles. Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988. pp. 87-88.