Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum
AD around 1500 or earlier
Wool; knotted pile carpet, symmetrical knot
L: 161, W: 112
The only counterpart to this unusual carpet is in the painting of the so-called Darmstädter Madonna by Hans Holbein the Younger of 1526/28. As early as 1877 Julius Lessing cited this painting in dating the carpet. Large red rosettes in a braided band are arranged in offset rows on a brilliant yellow ground. The motif-forming outline surrounds an inner field with changing colours. At the outer edges of the field the rosettes are cut precisely in the middle, so that the field shows a section of an endless repetition of the motif. The strong white ground of the border implies white heart-shaped forms, but in fact it is leaf forms, pointing inwards and outwards in a staggered formation, with pointed blossoms in red and aubergine on a white ground, that decorate the border. This border type is recorded as early as 1500 in a painting by the Master of St Giles in the National Gallery, London.
The carpet has been dated on comparison with carpets in paintings colours and knot-technique
Purchased by Wilhelm von Bode for the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin; 1909 transferred through the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin in exchange with other objects
The carpet has been located on stylistic analysis of its pattern, due to its colours and knot-technique
Beselin, Anna, Geknüpfte Kunst. Teppiche des Museums für Islamische Kunst, Berlin: Minerva, 2011.
Anna Beselin "Rosette carpet" [db_in_citation_dca] 2019. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;de;Mus31;2;en
Prepared by: Anna Beselin
MWNF Working Number: DE1_002