"Lotto" Ushak carpet
Kufic border ("Anatolian style"), 1500-1550,
Western Turkey, Ottoman Empire. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Joseph Lees Williams Memorial Collection, 1955
Possibly made in Konya, Anatolia, Asia
Date: First half of 16th century
Dimensions: 6 feet 8 1/2 inches x 3 feet 11 1/2 inches (204.5 x 120.7 cm)
Curatorial Department: East Asian Art
Object Location: Currently not
Accession Number: 1955-65-9
Published: Sherrill, 1974. p. 541
Exhibited: The Metropolitan Museum of
Art, New York
Warp: wool or goat hair, Z2S, ivory. Alternate warps very
slightly depressed. Weft: Wool, Z, ivory with a few dark fibers, dyed
light rust red, X2. Diagonal lines of weft return.
Pile: Wool, 2Z,
clipped well above collars. Gordes knotting, pulled to the left, h 8 + v
11 (90 knots per sq. in.)
Ends: Top; 2 shoots of z red wool, then 1"of
z light blue wool kilim. Bottom: 3/4 of z light blue wool kilim.
Sides: 4-cord Z2S light blue wool selvage on singles. Weft attached to
innermost cord only.
Condition: A few holes poorly repaired. Several small stains. Black-brown
eroding out. Otherwise quite good. Back appears quite fresh, as a
nineteenth-century rug might.
Quality: Good. Fairly flexible.
colors: Ivory, black-brown, dark medium brick red, rosy medium brick red,
yellow, dark medium blue-blue-green, dark medium blue, light blue