Classical Turkish Carpet with the Lotto Pattern
Overall: 172.1 x 104.1 cm (67 3/4 x 41 in.)
Location: not on view
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Did You Know?Lotto carpets were depicted in some two hundred paintings during the 16th century in the Netherlands.
DescriptionLotto carpets can be recognized by their consistent color combinations and striking design, traceable to sources in Central Asia. In the central field, stylized yellow leaf patterns stand out against a red ground. The border is filled with cartouches on a dark blue background, and a simplified vine meanders along the outermost edge. These vegetal patterns evoke paradise in Islamic contexts.
Made primarily for export in the western Turkish center of Ushak between the 1400s and 1600s, Lotto carpets were named after the Venetian painter Lorenzo Lotto (1480–1556). He amply documented in oil paintings the way Europeans displayed this type of Turkish carpet as a sign of wealth and prestige. To preserve them, Europeans displayed Lotto carpets on tables, though they were made for use on the floor.