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Triple Niche Carpet

Object Name:
dated A.H. 1182/ A.D. 1768–69
Attributed to probably Western Turkey
Rug: H. 81 in. (205.7 cm) W. 66 in. (167.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joseph V. McMullan, 1973
Accession Number:
Not on view

This rug is dated four times A.H.1182 (A.D.1768). The weaver, obviously not supervised in her work, has used only the triple arch of the design seen in cat. nos. 90 and 91 in this volume, creating a balanced pattern similar in idea to the double-niche patterns of MMA nos 1974.149.11, 1974.149.14, and 1974.149.15. The rug was almost certainly woven in a village somewhat remote from the main area from which most of the so-called ‘Transylvanians’ come.

[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. 92, p. 51, ill. pl. XXXIII.

McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 92, pp. 284-285, ill. pl. 92 (color).

McMullan, Joseph V. "Circulated by the Smithsonian Institution 1966–1968." In Rugs from the Joseph V. McMullan Collection. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1966. no. 34, pp. 48-49, ill. p. 49.

Denny, Walter B. How to Read Islamic Carpets. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014. p. 51, ill. fig. 36 (color).

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