Alcarraz Rug

DATE:
16th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
CLASSIFICATION:
Carpets
DIMENSIONS:
127 × 62 1/2 in. (3 m 22.58 cm × 1 m 58.75 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.98

General Description

This very fine salmon, red, yellow, and blue rug has borders with alternating pairs of confronted and addorsed monsters. The large central rectangular field has an overall trellis design with leafed crosses at their intertices and tiny cruciform quatrefoils within the trelliswork, reminding us of the then recent Christian unification of Spain. The pattern of this rug is more indebted to the Italian Renaissance than to earlier Moorish geometric designs.

Adapted from

Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 208.

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