OTTOMAN CARPET, SO-CALLED CAIRENE CARPET
cat. no. 9 Egypt,
240 x 205 cm Warp, weft, knots wool,
asymmetric Knot count 1360
Inv. no. T 8344/1922 IP
The square format unusual for the Orient of this Ottoman carpet from the Imperial House points to its use as a table carpet. The border shows simplified motifs from Ottoman prayer carpets (cf. cat. no. 6). In contrast to the subsequent Ottoman carpets with silk foundation, the color scheme remains within the reduced range of the Mamluk carpets, although it includes two shades of blue as well as yellow. These pieces, also known as Cairene Ottoman carpets, form a link between Mamluk and Ottoman decoration styles.