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Ottoman Court Rug, Egypt or Turkey, 1550-1600. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 458-1884

Date: 1550-1599 (made)
Materials and Techniques: hand knotted woollen pile on woollen warp and
Museum number: 458-1884
Gallery location: In Storage

Physical description
Carpet, Ottoman Court Carpet, hand knotted woollen pile on woollen warp and weft, Turkish, second half 16th century
Warp: light blue wool; S3Z; 23 threads per inch/ 91 per dm
Weft: very light red wool; S-spun, unplied, 3 parallel threads per shoot; two shoots after each row of knots; 13 knots per inch/ 50 per dm
Pile: wool; three colours: red, green and blue; asymmetrical knot tied around two warp threads and open to the left; 150 knots per sq.in/2275
per sq.dm
Side Finish: missing
End Finish: missing
Design: Field: red ground with one central and two halves of a device on curvingfloral stems that fill the field. The device of a diamond has a
palmette at each point within an open spray of saz leaves on the horizontal and a closed spray of leaves on the vertical. On the vertical a
rosette separates each device.
Main Border: red ground with well-drawn clusters of green/blue flowers - carnations, rosebuds, tulips and hyacinths alternating with a
shield-like palemtte which forms the diagonal of each corner.
Inner and Outer borders: blue.green ground with small red rosettes separated by a pair of tiny red triangles.

Museum number: 458-1884
URL: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O67290/carpet/