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Type I small pattern Holbein carpet, early 16th century, Ottoman Empire, Western Turkey. Bruckenthal Museum, Sibiu (Muzeul National Brukenthal, inv. no: 2182), Romania. Formerly: Evangelical Church, Sibiu

Small-Pattern ‘Holbein’ Carpet, West Anatolia, early 16th century, 178cm x 404cm, 1.220–1.300 knots/dm2. Wool pile on a wool foundation, symmetric knots, lazy lines. Before 1910 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sibiu/Hermannstadt. Brukenthal National Museum, M 2182 (AD 409), old no.2680. Exhibited: Budapest (1914), Rome (2005), Berlin (2006), Sibiu (2007), Istanbul (2007). This is the finest carpet in the collection of the BNM and also the largest (largest in Transylvania). One of the earliest carpets preserved in Transylvania, also one of the few large ‘Holbeins’ worldwide to have survived almost intact, its remarkable richness of colour was noted by Charles Grant Ellis in his study of ‘Holbein’ rugs. The ornamentation of the field is based on offset rows of two different interlinked elements on a deep greenish-blue ground. This border pattern, which does not appear in any Old Master painting, can be found in three other ‘Holbein’ carpets and also in a unique mid-16th-century ‘Lotto’ carpet from Bistriţa

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Bruckenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania