‘Ghirlandaio’ Carpet

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459

"Ghirlandaio" carpets are named for the Italian Renaissance artist Domenico Ghirlandaio, in whose paintings these distinctive carpets sometimes appear. The typical design of these carpets features a central octagonal medallion inscribed within a square from whose sides curvilinear designs emerge, forming the overall diamond shape shown here. This carpet is likely the production of a small commercial workshop or a village weaver.

‘Ghirlandaio’ Carpet, Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile

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