Carpet

A work made of wool, spanish knots on plain weave ground.
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  • A work made of wool, spanish knots on plain weave ground.

Date:

1450/1500

Artist:

Spain; probably Murcia

About this artwork

Even as the Christian kingdoms of Spain, led by Castile and Aragon, drove Muslimrulers from the Iberian Peninsula, the Spanish elite acquired a taste for the refined products of Muslim craftsmen, including splendid carpets. Rare surviving 15th-century examples, like this one, repeat small geometric shapes in their central field, sometimes also incorporating the coats of arms of their noble owners. Often of great size—this one is almost 18 feet in length—such carpets softened and enlivened the floors of palaces. Many survived as donations to Spanish convents, entering the art market and private collections around 1900.
The Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art

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Title

Carpet

Origin

Spain

Date

1450–1500

Medium

Wool, Spanish knots on plain weave ground

Dimensions

523.1 × 235.8 cm (205 7/8 × 92 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Chauncey McCormick

Reference Number

1942.604

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