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Type I small pattern Holbein carpet, 17th century, Ottoman Empire, Western Turkey. Philadelphia Museum of Art (Joseph Lees Williams Memorial Collection, year 1955, 1955-65-5), 5 feet 7 inches x 3 feet 7 3/4 inches (170.2 x 111.1 cm)


The characteristic delicate, lacy repeat pattern of this carpet is named for the Netherlandish painter Hans Holbein the Younger, who reproduced it in paintings between 1527 and 1543. Though still in common use today, the term is misleading because this type of carpet was not so called by its Turkish weavers and was first depicted by European painters long before Holbein was born.

Portrait of King Edward VI.standing on a "Holbein" carpet. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Hans Eworth in 1547 -
Flemish painter, (active 1540-1574 in England)