Rug Gallery

Carpet
Spain, 16th century


The Textile Museum R44.2.1
Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1920
234 x 165 cm

Combining stylistic influences from Europe and the Islamic world, the pattern of this 16th-century Spanish carpet resembles Gothic silks. Within a hexagonal grid, each large blossom is symmetrical along a vertical axis of reflection. The green bands of illusionary interlace throw off the field pattern's symmetry of reflection and glide reflection.

All of the borders are to be viewed from the same direction. They display designs that are symmetrical or asymmetrical. The side borders are symmetrical to one another by reflection. The top and bottom borders show translation of two designs, a lion and a tree.

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