Attributed to Bursa or Istanbul, Turkey / Prayer carpet / Late 16th CenturyAttributed to Bursa or Istanbul, Turkey
Prayer carpet
Late 16th Century

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Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Turkish
Creator Dates/Places: Bursa or Istanbul, Turkey
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Bursa or Istanbul, Turkey
Title: Prayer carpet
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1566
Creation End Date: 1599
Creation Date: Late 16th Century
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: rugs
Materials and Techniques: Pile weave, wool and cotton pile on silk foundation, 288 asymmetrical knots per square inch
Dimensions: W. 50 in. (127 cm), L. 68 in. (172.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 22.100.51
Credit Line: The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922

This rare rug is one of a small group of Ottoman court prayer rugs featuring a prayer niche, or mihrab, with architectural elements, such as columns and capitals. It is one of the earliest examples of the triple-arched prayer niche. With its paired or coupled columns, undecorated field, split palmettes in the spandrels, and horizontal panel containing crenelated forms, it is also the classical prototype for later rugs. Characteristically Ottoman are the carnations and tulips at the base of the arches as well as the feathery lanceolate leaves, hyacinths, and other flowers in the curvilinear border pattern. The harmonious design, skillful weaving, and luxury materials reflect court taste.

AMICA ID: MMA_.22.100.51
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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