Originally, 16th Century Mamluk carpets were produced by a group of highly skilled weavers in Egypt. These pieces were functionally intended for both religious and secular, residential contexts. Stylistically, Mamluk carpets entail a central component that projects outward from the carpet’s center. From that point, other, sub-divided shapes related to the central component are integrated throughout. This specific carpet stuns the eye with its poetic symmetry and relational colors. The central component is marked by a theme of concentric circles that is developed throughout the body of the carpet. Employing permanent vegetable dyes, this piece was produced by our weavers in Agra, India. It is distinguished by its extremely high thread count – 144 knots per square inch. The process of stylizing and preserving the form of such cloths requires a deep knowledge of craft as transmitted via oral tradition through centuries.
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