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Wreath Rug Fragment

Mid- 16th century
Artist/maker unknown, Spanish
This rug shows some of the changes in design between the rugs woven in Turkey (Anatolia) and Spain in the sixteenth century. Here, three laurel wreaths in blue-green replace the pattern used in the "wheel rugs" of Turkey. The floral border has been borrowed from Renaissance textiles, and the coral color, produced from a dye newly imported into Spain from Mexico, replaces the red normally used in Turkish rugs.

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