Mamluk carpets were made in the city of Cairo in Egypt. The Mamluk Empire ruled Egypt and the Levant from 1250 to 1517. Carpet workshops in Cairo were established under the supervision of the Mamluk royal court starting from the second quarter of the fourteenth century. Mamluk carpets were highly prized and placed in royal palaces. They were also marketed in Cairo for the European nobility.
Early Mamluks were woven with a wool foundation. Later Mamluk carpets can have wool, cotton, or silk materials used for the warp and weft in the foundation. The Persian (asymmetric) knot was used.
Mamluk carpets have geometric and floral designs with Egyptian and Islamic influences. Mosque ceilings, windows, and mosaic floors mostly inspired the designs. A deep red background is a Mamluk carpet characteristic. In addition, shades of blue, green, beige, gold, and brown were used for the design elements, medallion, and borders.
Mamluk carpets were woven in sizes ranging from small rugs to large room dimensions. Today many Mamluk carpets are preserved in museums and in private collections throughout the world.
|Actual Size||9' 2" X 11' 9"|
|Country of Origin||Afghanistan|
|Period||21st Century 1st Qtr|
|Colour Tags||Green, Blue, Red, Beige, Ivory|