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The Recitation Thomas Wilmer Dewing, 1891
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The Recitation, Thomas Wilmer Dewing

Late Mamluk Carpets: Some New Observations

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

6:30 PM

  • For Everyone

Jon Thompson

Independent Carpet Scholar


Mamluk carpets, admired for their kaleidoscopic abstract patterns, are something of a mystery, emerging apparently out of nowhere in the late fifteenth century. Various lines of evidence, including representations of carpets in European paintings, suggest that their source was a little-known earlier tradition introduced to Egypt by weavers brought from elsewhere.

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