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Basseri

Printed chenille on a blend of cotton/polyester rendering a worn effect and a design evoking an ancient Turkish carpet. Available in two colour ranges.

 

 

 

 

Turkish carpets, pure Renaissance

 

 

The East has always aroused a special curiosity in Europe. But if ever there was a peak period of Western artistic interest it was undoubtedly the Renaissance. The palaces and houses of the aristocrats were decorated with Turkish rugs. And from 1450 to 1550, the greatest European painters such as Hans Holbein, Lorenzo Lotto, and Hans Memling were fascinated by the complex geometry of their designs.

 

Flowers in jar (late 15th Century) by Hans Memling

 

The Ambassadors (1533) by Hans Holbein the Young

 

The artists included small and large parts of rugs in hundreds of their compositions and many spent hours studying the details of the patterns to represent them exactly.

 

La limosna de San Antonio by Lorenzo Lotto

 

Portrait of Giovanni della Volta with wife and child (1547) by Lorenzo Lotto

 

Today, there are many more oriental carpet paintings from the Renaissance period than the surviving rugs themselves. And some painters are so closely identified with certain types of rugs that those designs now receive their own names.

 

Portrait of merchant Gisze (1532) by Hans Hoblein the Young