The first known depiction of this pattern is in the"Madonna & Child" alterpiece by Gentile Bellini, 1480-1485 (above left).  The carpet on the right, from the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art, which inspired our design for Andrea Pacciani, is a unique and striking composition, with it's dominant red field, medallion centerpiece and green ground Kufic border.  The minor guard borders are also especially well developed.  These elements suggest a sophisticated designer or workshop as well as an early date for this carpet.

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