Rug Gallery

Compartment carpet
Central Anatolia
18th century or earlier


L1996.47.1
Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection
67 x 46.5 inches

This carpet shows many color changes within the cells of an irregular rectangular grid. Color placement, however, is determined quite carefully by what mathematicians call the "knight's move," referring to the restricted movement of the knight in chess, across two squares, over one.

The field pattern is composed of rectangular cells of two colors with seemingly infinite minor variations of form. See if you can trace the placement of the green and red cells. Now, try tracing a cell of another color. Look at the rectangular grid composed of red and white knots. Can you find examples of symmetry-breaking here, too?

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