Attributed to Egypt / 'Simonetti' Carpet / ca. 1500Attributed to Egypt
'Simonetti' Carpet
ca. 1500

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Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Dates/Places: Egypt
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Egypt
Title: 'Simonetti' Carpet
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1480
Creation End Date: 1520
Creation Date: ca. 1500
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: rugs
Materials and Techniques: Pile weave, wool pile on wool foundation, ca. 100 asymmetrical knots per square inch
Dimensions: W. 94 in. (238.8 cm), L. 353 in. (896.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1970.105
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1970

This majestic weaving, named for a former owner, is one of the most famous of all Mamluk carpets. It has five medallions instead of the more customary one or three and a slightly brighter, more varied palette than is usual for its type. Mamluk carpets are surprisingly rich in appearance considering the relatively coarse weave and limited color range. The overall effect is that of a shimmering mosaic.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1970.105
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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