Tunic, Peru, The Textile Museum 91.341

Lecture: Mysteries of Cairo’s Magnificent Mamluk Carpets

Rosamund E. Mack, independent scholar

During the 1480s, large new carpets arrived in Granada, Jerusalem, and the Vatican. Contemporary Arab and Italian observers considered these carpets unique and more spectacular than any they had seen before. The origins and early history of these carpets have long been mysterious and controversial. Documents and patronage history now establish the place and date of manufacture, and circumstances of export. The "Generalife" carpet at the Alhambra, and the Bardini-Textile Museum blazon carpet illustrate the novelties and features that would endure, as well as others that soon disappeared. Other mysteries remain.

This program is a collaboration with the International Hajji Baba SocietyFree, no reservations required.