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Name of Object:

'Ghirlandaio' carpet


Berlin, Germany

Holding Museum:

Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum


AD 15th / 16th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:

KGM 1885,819

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wool; knotted pile carpet, symmetrical knot


L: 326, W: 185

Period / Dynasty:



Western Anatolia


This carpet design in all its complexity has survived worldwide exclusively through this example. But the most important motif is also known from other, mostly smaller carpets. The motif is a diamond, formed from overlapping leaf forms. In this carpet, the red-ground field is filled exclusively with densely arranged, offset diamonds. The centre of the diamond is covered by a rectangle, also with a red ground. The rectangle is filled with a yellow star, in whose centre is an octagon. In contrast to most carpets of this type, the motif is here arranged in an endless repeat. The depiction of a carpet with this motif by the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449–1494) has induced carpet researchers to name this carpet type after him.

How date and origin were established:

The carpet has been dated on comparison with carpets in paintings as well as on stylistic analysis of its pattern, due to its colours and knot-technique

How Object was obtained:

Purchased by the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin from the painter and art dealer Achille Glisenti, Flornece, Italy; 1956 transferred through the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin

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. Spuhler, Friedrich, Oriental Carpets in the Museum of Islamic Art, Munich: Smithsonian, 1987.

Citation of this web page:

Anna Beselin "'Ghirlandaio' carpet"  [db_in_citation_dca]  2019.;DCA;de;Mus31;9;en

Prepared by: Anna Beselin

MWNF Working Number: DE1_009

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