Rug Gallery

Carpet (fragmentary)
Egypt, Cairo; Mamluk style
Late 15th century

The Textile Museum R16.3.1
Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1925
(complete at bottom) 387 x 277 cm, incomplete

Mamluk carpets are characterized by intense play with pattern, form, and color, a fascination that is also apparent in the ornamentation of Mamluk architecture.

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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