Rugs From the Islamic World


Rugs from the Islamic World


We have one of the most important research collections of rugs from the Islamic world, with examples from Egypt, Islamic Spain, Mughal India, North Africa, Türkiye, the Caucasus, Iran, Central Asia and China. This collection ranges from rugs produced in court and urban workshops to works woven by women in rural villages and nomadic encampments. Among these are superior examples of 15th-century Mamluk rugs from Egypt, Spanish carpets and classical Indian carpet fragments.


Carpet with central star and medallions

Carpet, Türkiye, Bergama, 19th century, R34.2.8.

Three-color carpet with eight-point star

Carpet, Egypt, Cairo, 1475-1500, R16.1.1.

Kilim with central medallion, dragon, and phoenix

Kilim, Iran, possibly Kashan, 1580-1620, R33.28.1.


Kilim, Türkiye, Central Anatolia, possibly east-central, mid-19th century, 2013.2.19.

Red woven textile

Pile bag face, Central Asia, Turkmenistan, 18th/mid-19th century, 1980.13.4.

Red carpet fragment showing two black fighting elephants

Carpet fragment, India, Fatehpur Sikri, 17th century, R63.00.13.

Carpet with repeat floral pattern in rectangular grid

Carpet, Central Asia, 19th century, R37.9.1.

Red carpet with diamond pattern

Carpet, Spain, Alcaraz, late 15th century, R44.2.4.

Carpet with red, yellow, and blue stripes

Carpet, Morocco, High Atlas Mountains, c. 1970, 1979.19.12.


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