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Cruciform Mamluk Medallion carpet, mid 16th century, Ottoman Egypt. San Gimignano (Siena), Museo Civico
The small size of the medallion, the curvilinear decorations with palmettes, the sickle-shaped leaves of the saz reed and the asymmetrical knotting indicate that this Ottoman court carpet was made in Cairo after 1517.
The carpet's crosslike shape, designed to cover
the top of a table with four borders draping over the sides, and the
presence of four coats of arms (unidentified) indicate that it was
made for the home of a noble European family. According to legend,
Cardinal Orsini presented it as a gift to Cesare Borgia in 1502, who in
turn gave the carpet to Niccolo Machiavelli, who brought it to San
Gimignano. Stylistically, however, the carpet is datable to the mid-16th
century, not before.