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TXT 213
TXT 213

Carpet with Star Medallions

TXT 213

Ushak, western Anatolia, Turkey

late 15th or early 16th century

TXT 213
TXT 213, detail

Carpet with Star Medallions

TXT 213

Ushak, western Anatolia, Turkey

late 15th or early 16th century

wool pile on a wool foundation

430 x 196cm

Large carpets of this size appear to have been little used in 16th-century secular Ottoman buildings and many were manufactured for export to Europe. A case in point is the fresco by Hans Holbein, executed for the Palace of Westminster in 1535 depicting Henry VIII (now in the National Gallery, London), which shows him standing on such a ‘star Ushak’ carpet.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.395, pp.332–3.