Simonetti-Mamluk carpet, Metropolitan Museum of Art (inv. no: 1970.105),
New York, The Fletcher Fund 1970. 224 x 878cm.
Date: ca. 1500
Geography: Egypt, probably Cairo
Medium: Wool (warp, weft, and pile);
asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions: Rug: L. 353 in. (896.6 cm) W.
94 in. (238.8 cm) Tube: L. 106 in. (269.2 cm) Diam. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1970 Accession Number: 1970.105
artwork is not on display
Named the "Simonetti"
carpet after a former owner, this majestic weaving is among the most
famous of all Mamluk carpets. One of the larger examples of its type, the
carpet has five medallions instead of the more customary one or three and
displays a slightly brighter and more varied color palette. Likely
produced in Egypt under the Mamluk dynasty, such carpets are surprisingly
rich in appearance considering their relatively coarse weave and limited
color range. The overall effect is that of a shimmering mosaic.
Guidi da Faenza, Italy (until 1902); [ Attilio Simonetti,
Rome, from at least 1910; cat., 1912, no. 167]; [ Giorgio Sangiorgi,
Rome]; Pisa Collection, Italy (in 1937); [ P. W. French and Company, New
York , until 1970; sold to MMA]