Mamluk Rugs from Egypt: Jewels of The Textile Museum's Collection

A stunning display of one of the most significant groups of classical carpets, this exhibition highlighted one of the great strengths of The Textile Museum's collections. Dating from the late fifteenth century, Mamluk rugs form a cohesive design group that demonstrates an exuberant play with geometric shapes and stylized forms. Woven in a three-color palette of brilliant reds, greens, and blues, the tones of Mamluk rugs evoke rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. The use of simple geometric forms, repeated within circles and squares, relates these rugs to architectural decoration of the time, and to other arts such as metalwork, enameled glass, inlaid stone, and illuminated manuscripts. Generous support for the exhibition was provided by Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham, Saudi Aramco and Sotheby’s New York.