"Lotto" Carpet, 16th century
Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
L. 85 1/2 in. (217.2 cm), W. 51 1/4 in. (130.2 cm), Wt. 19 lbs. (8.6 kg)
Rogers Fund, 1908
Provenance: [ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1908; sold to MMA]
The earliest carpets of the "Lotto" group—so named because a carpet very
similar to this one was portrayed in a famous sixteenth-century altarpiece
by the Italian painter Lorenzo Lotto—show the characteristic yellow
arabesque on a red ground, and employ a border such as this one, based on
angular kufic Arabic script, in which the outer side is "open" with
finial-like forms. Later sixteenth-century examples have simplified borders,
often with a geometric interface; by the seventeenth century, cartouche
borders became common.
"'Lotto' Carpet [Turkey] (08.167.1)". In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev.
and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 312, ill.
fig. 207 (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. 68, pp. 184, 220, ill. fig. 158 (b/w).
Charles. Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia:
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988. pp. 28-29.