Mamluk Rug

Artist/maker unknown, Egyptian

Geography:
Made in Cairo, Egypt, Africa

Date:
1500-1550

Medium:
Wool

Dimensions:
6 feet 5 inches x 4 feet 5 inches (195.6 x 134.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 205, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
1943-40-63

Credit Line:
The John D. McIlhenny Collection, 1943

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Label:
Mamluk carpets are characterized by a central, dominant octagonal medallion surrounded by a great variety of smaller, geometric motifs. They take their name from the Mamluk dynasties that ruled Egypt from 1250 through 1517. Carpets of this design were produced in Cairo, largely for the southern European luxury trade.


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