Mamluk Rug

Artist/maker unknown, Egyptian

Made in Cairo, Egypt, Africa

Late 15th century


6 feet 6 inches x 4 feet 7 inches (198.1 x 139.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

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

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Credit Line:
The Joseph Lees Williams Memorial Collection, 1955

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Among the Egyptian Mamluk rugs that survive, the design of this rug is quite unusual. Its peculiarity lies in the central group of nine rondels, reminiscent of mandala arrangements in East Asian art, and in the prominent yellow-white lotus blossoms, also of Asian origin, in the border.

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