Egyptian (probably Cairo); Mamluk
Mamluk dynasty
mid-16th century

Object Place: probably Cairo, Egypt


278.9 x 268.9 cm (109 13/16 x 105 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool warp and wool weft with wool knotted pile

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Wool warp, weft and pile. Sehna knot. Red, yellow-green, and blue pile yarns. Main field: circular center (red ground), surrounded by octagon with points added to form a star (green ground). Surrounding are smaller octagon-stars (red ground except in corners, which have circle-in-square designs (green ground). Border has alternating octagons and oblong shapes (blue ground). Green fringe on both ends. Small sections of red pile repaired.


1932, V. and L. Benguiat, Paris and New York; April 23, 1932, V. and L. Benguiat sale, American Art Association, New York, lot 34, sold for $2500 to French and Company, New York; sold by French and Co. to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1961, sold by Loewi to the the MFA. (Accession Date: September 20, 1961)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund and Harriet Otis Cruft Fund