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A large (~8 metre long) "Lotto" carpet, XVI century, Western Turkey, Ushak Region, Ottoman Empire. Textile Museum. R34.18.1. Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1926.


The sheer size and bright colors of “Lottos,” a type of early Anatolian carpet, made them ideal for projecting power and wealth. Carpets like this example from lined the royal reception halls of European monarchs during the Renaissance. Many types of western Anatolian carpets were named for European painters who depicted them, including the sixteenth-century Venetian painter Lorenzo Lotto. 



image source:, John Taylor