Mamluk carpets are characterized by intense play with pattern, form, and
color, a fascination that is also apparent in the ornamentation of Mamluk
Here, a seemingly endless variety of patterns relies upon horizontal and vertical reflections of an asymmetrical fundamental region.
Sometimes a border is treated as a plane, with designs repeated to form field patterns. Otherwise rare among Oriental carpets, this unusual feature is typical of Mamluk carpets from the late 15th century.
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