Clearly Mamluk production was both highly sought after and a profitable, evidenced by the number of surviving weaves now in the permanent collections in European and Western museums. For examples of small, three coloured, Mamluk rugs, such as the present, see those in Victoria & Albert Museum, London, acc. nos. T.26-1943 & 151-1908, Saint Louis Art Museum (Formerly James F. Ballard Collection), acc. nos. 121:1929 & 299: 1972, the MAK, Vienna, inv. no. T 8345/ 1922 KB, The Philadelphia Museum of Art (formerly in the Collection of John D. McIlhenny), inv. no. 43-40-63, and the Textile Museum, Washington, the ‘Kelekian Mamluk’, inv. no. R7.13. The Wollheims bought this rug from the hugely celebrated dealer Ulrich Schürmann, no doubt for its inherent aesthetics but also perhaps because of its relevance in a historical context: Dietrich Woolheim's initial collecting interests lay in Mesopotamia. A full discussion of the development of the Wollheim’s collection can be seen https://www.rippon-boswell-wiesbaden.de/en/archive/auction/27/, accessed 12/09/18. See also Suriano. C. M., ‘Mamluk Blazon Carpets’ Hali, March 1998, issue 97, pp. 73 – 81 for further discussion on Mamluk artwork in conjunction with these beautiful weaves.
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