~Wheel/Para-Mamluk~ ~Bellini~

The "proto-classical" carpets, with their coherent orthogonal geometries and intense colors foreshadow the sophistication and power of the classical Ushak designs.  The group of carpets we know as "Para-Mamluk" pose an especially fascinating riddle to carpet scholars, who have passionately debated their geographical, chronological and cultural origins over the last century.  This "proto-classical" group also includes the "Bellini", "Crivelli", "Tintoretto" and "Ghirlandaio" patterns, which are named after the Italian Renaissance painters in whose work these particular designs are amazingly accurately depicted.

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