Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection
Wool warp and weft; wool pile
H: 1549mm, W: 1219mm
Damascus or Anatolian workshop
Syria, Damascus; or Turkey, Anatolia
A 16th century pile carpet of the type termed “Para-Mamluk”, and sometimes “Chessboard”, having been made in the early period of Ottoman rule, in either Damascus or Anatolia. This predominantly red and blue compartment layout carpet has a red field on which nine compartments are formed and distributed in rows, three vertical by three horizontal. Each compartment is formed of four light blue corner triangles creating a hexagonal space between them. In the centre of this hexagonal space is positioned a light blue sixteen-pointed star, which is surrounded by eight pairs of light blue cypress trees that radiate from the star and towards the boundaries of the space. The dark blue carpet border is made of a row of alternating light blue diamond shaped cartouches with red coloured rectangular ones.
Produced during a short era, the Para-Mamluk type was developed during the early period of the Ottoman conquest of Egypt and Syria from 1517 AD, where transitional designs from Mamluk to Ottoman styles bridged the two cultures. The term "chessboard" is also applied to this type of carpet in reference to the layout of its main field.
Manufacturing techniques and stylistic analysis
Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944
Noorah Al-Gailani "Para-Mamluk carpet" [db_in_citation_dca] 2019. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;uk;Mus31;15;en
Prepared by: Noorah Al-Gailani
MWNF Working Number: UK1_015