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Arts of the Islamic World

The taste for accumulating precious objects of different genres and displaying them together was not exclusive to Spanish America. Similar practices, though more restrained, were common in wealthy seventeenth-century New England homes. Locally made tables were draped with expensive Oriental carpets and topped with costly imported English pottery, pewter, or silver. Carpets were rare in British America and would seldom have been laid on the floor, as was common practice in Spanish America.

El gusto por acumular objetos preciosos de diferentes tipos y exhibirlos juntos no era exclusivo de Hispanoamérica. Prácticas similares, aunque más contenidas, eran comunes en las grandes casas de la Nueva Inglaterra del siglo XVII. Las mesas manufacturadas localmente a veces se cubrían con costosas alfombras orientales y se completaban con valiosas piezas de cerámica inglesa, peltre o plata. Las alfombras o tapices eran escasos en la América británica y raramente se habrían puesto en el suelo, cosa que en cambio fue común en Hispanoamérica.
MEDIUM Polychrome wool
DATES 18th or 19th century
DIMENSIONS 68 x 47 3/4 in. (172.7 x 121.3 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Rug, 18th or 19th century. Polychrome wool, 68 x 47 3/4 in. (172.7 x 121.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X644. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X644_bw.jpg)
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