Cairo, Egypt (Ottoman court manufactury)
late 16th century
wool and cotton pile on a wool foundation
176 x 137cm
The elegant niche suggests that this was a prayer rug, to be hung on a wall in the direction of Mecca, however, and not spread on the ground. Niches with such elaborate floral decoration appear in Ottoman art soon after 1550, as on tilework in the mosque of Rüstem Pasha (d 1561) in Istanbul.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.397, p.335.