'Ghirlandaio' Carpet

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459

This carpet is woven in a design derived from so-called Ghirlandaio carpets, named after the Italian Renaissance artist Domenico Ghirlandaio, who painted an altarpiece depicting such a carpet. Characteristic for this type of carpet is the central medallion composed of several motifs and forms one inscribed within the other - here a small rosette and a rectangle - from whose sides curvilinear forms emerge, creating an overall diamond shape. 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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