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Name of Object:

'Ghirlandaio' carpet

Location:

Berlin, Germany

Holding Museum:

Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum

Date:

AD 15th / 16th century

Type of object:

Carpet

Museum Inventory Number:

KGM 1885,819

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wool; knotted pile carpet, symmetrical knot

Dimensions:

L: 326, W: 185

Period / Dynasty:

Ottoman

Provenance:

Western Anatolia

Description:

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. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;de;Mus31;9;en

Prepared by: Anna Beselin

MWNF Working Number: DE1_009


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