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"Bird" Rug

Artist/maker unknown, Turkish

Made in Anatolia, Turkey, Asia

17th - 18th century


6 feet 2 inches x 5 feet 3 inches (188 x 160 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 321, Asian Art, third floor

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Credit Line:
The John D. McIlhenny Collection, bequest of Mrs. John D. McIlhenny, 1943

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This rug makes an interesting contrast to the other “bird” rugs in the Museum’s collection. It was not made in the city of Ushak, which was the usual production center for Turkish bird rugs, with consequent reinterpretations of design. For example, the floral motifs between the leaves (or ”birds”) are inverted and shortened. Also, the row of halved leaves and rosettes normally found at the ends of the central field is missing.

* Works in the collection are moved off view for many different reasons. Although gallery locations on the website are updated regularly, there is no guarantee that this object will be on display on the day of your visit.