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Antique 17th Century Cairene Rug 44374


Size: 11 ft 6 in x 21 ft 6 in (3.51 m x 6.55 m)Print

Woven in Egypt under imperial Ottoman Turkish rule, Cairene carpets are among the rarest and most luxurious carpets of the classical period. This gorgeous example showcases the finest qualities of these wonderful and timelessly beautiful compositions.

Antique¬†Cairene Rug,¬†Origin: Egypt, Circa: 17th Century – Woven in Egypt under imperial Ottoman Turkish rule, Cairene carpets are among the rarest and most luxurious carpets of the classical period. Although made for high-level Turkish patrons, the style of such Cairene carpets is strongly Persianized. Nazmiyal has acquired this piece with its gently scalloped circular central medallion with interlaced arabesque scrolls on a blue ground in a larger scalloped red-ground medallion with paired wavy forms at the far ends of the field. The intervening space is graced with sinuous tendrils, many of which hang in a lilting sickle shape – an early form of the so-called ‘Herati’ pattern. The border has an exquisite arabesque vine-scroll set against a rich red ground in a framing contrast to the dominant greens and blues of the field with interlaced lotus blossoms, palmettes and rosettes. The central field features repeating floral clusters with curved serrated leaves on a pale green ground of this superb carpet is superb, a fitting complement to the perfection of its drawing.

This piece has been de-accessioned by the Tryon Palace Commission. Publications: Arthur Urbane Dilley, Oriental Rugs and Carpets, J.B. Lippencott, 1959, Plate XLV. Walter B. Denny, Journal of Islamic Art, Vol. I, Yale University Press, 1983, pp. 103-122. Gregor Norman-Wilcox, Antiques Magazine, April 1959, pp. 366-374.

For related examples, see John Kimberly Mumford, The Yerkes Collection of Oriental Carpets, The Knapp Company, New York, 1910.

Originating from 17th-century Egypt, this fine piece displays a circular medallion in a green field accented by navy blue and earthy red flora. Bursting from a blue interior into a brilliant red, green, and gold blossom, the guards represent quartered copies of the central medallion. The exquisite composition and style of this piece along with its well-preserved condition make it a rare and valuable addition to the Nazmiyal Collection.

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