Yomut Main Carpet, Wool, cotton

Yomut Main Carpet

Object Name:
first half 19th century
Attributed to Western Turkmenistan, Central Asia
Wool, cotton
H. 110 in. (279.4 cm)
W. 78 1/2 in. (199.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joseph V. McMullan, 1973
Accession Number:
Not on view

Occasionally a Yomut rug appears with an unusual variation of the standard pattern, such as is seen in this example. Two of the design elements are diamond-shaped, one with a ‘latch-hook’ outline, containing small shrubs; the other one has sharply accented ‘latch-hooks’ within and is bounded by ‘latch-hooks’ on the outside, which are drawn in the same scale as those in the other series. The third form is an elaborate, unbalanced medallion of a type not frequently seen, and based, it seems, on a palmette design.

[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. 123, p. 56, ill. pl. XLVI (color).

McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 123, pp. 354-355, ill. pl. 123 (color).