"Medallion Ushak" Carpet

Object Name: Carpet

Date: 17th century

Geography: Attributed to Turkey, Ushak

Medium: Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile

Dimensions: Rug: H. 234 1/2 in. (595.6 cm)
W. 132 in. (335.3 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1908

Accession Number: 08.173.13


Made in large numbers and hugely popular both in the Ottoman empire and in Europe, medallion Ushak carpets such as this were produced from the later fifteenth century to the eighteenth. The design in theory repeats infinitely in all directions, although "cut" by the border. It consists of ogival medallions alternating with smaller eight-lobed "stars."