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Name of Object:

Rosette carpet


Berlin, Germany

Holding Museum:

Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum


AD around 1500 or earlier

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wool; knotted pile carpet, symmetrical knot


L: 161, W: 112

Period / Dynasty:



Western Anatolia


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.

How date and origin were established:

The carpet has been dated on comparison with carpets in paintings colours and knot-technique

How Object was obtained:

Purchased by Wilhelm von Bode for the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin; 1909 transferred through the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin in exchange with other objects

How provenance was established:

The carpet has been located on stylistic analysis of its pattern, due to its colours and knot-technique

Selected bibliography:

Beselin, Anna, Geknüpfte Kunst. Teppiche des Museums für Islamische Kunst, Berlin: Minerva, 2011.

Citation of this web page:

Anna Beselin "Rosette carpet"  [db_in_citation_dca]  2019.;DCA;de;Mus31;2;en

Prepared by: Anna Beselin

MWNF Working Number: DE1_002

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