Mamluk Rug

Artist/maker unknown, Egyptian1500-1550

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, United States

Mamluk carpets are characterized by a central, dominant octagonal medallion surrounded by a great variety of smaller, geometric motifs. They take their name from the Mamluk dynasties that ruled Egypt from 1250 through 1517. Carpets of this design were produced in Cairo, largely for the southern European luxury trade.


  • Title: Mamluk Rug
  • Creator Nationality: Egyptian
  • Creator Gender: Unknown
  • Date: 1500-1550
  • Location: Cairo, Egypt
  • Physical Dimensions: 6 feet 5 inches x 4 feet 5 inches (195.6 x 134.6 cm)
  • Provenance: The John D. McIlhenny Collection, 1943
  • Type: Textiles
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Wool
  • Artist/Maker: Artist/maker unknown, Egyptian

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