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"Lotto" carpet with the coat-of-arms of the Doria and Centurione, late 19th-early 20th century, Turkey, Ottoman Empire. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Date:late 19th–early 20th century
Geography:Attributed to Turkey
Medium:Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:Rug: L. 92 in. (233.7 cm) W. 56 1/4 in. (142.9 cm) Top of rug: W. 55 1/2 in. (141 cm)
Credit Line:Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1962
Accession Number:62.231

Catalogue Entry

Another example of the ‘Lotto’ type, this rug displays in the field the coat-of-arms of the Doria and Centurione, commemorating a marriage between these two great Genoese families. It is therefore of considerable historic interest as it demonstrates the close ties between Genoa and the Turkish weaving centres while the Genoese merchants were established in Istanbul.

Several rugs of this type have survived.

[Arts Council 1972]
Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1960–62; gifted to MMA)
"Catalogue of an exhibition held at the] Hayward Gallery, London, 19 October–10 December 1972." In Islamic Carpets from the Joseph V. McMullan Collection. London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1972. no. 72, p. 48.

McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 72, pp. 240-241, ill. pl. 72 (color).

Schurmann, Ulrich. "The Joseph V. McMullan Collection. New York." In Islamische Teppiche. Frankfurt: Museum für Kunsthandwerk Frankfurt, 1968. no. 35, pp. 78-79, ill. p. 79 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 69, pp. 186, 220, fig. 162 (b/w).