~Lotto~ ~Small Pattern Holbein~

Dating from the mid 15th century, the Lotto and Small Pattern Holbein carpets are probably the first carpets which can be called "classical".  Although they share a similar underlying star/cross and octagon structure, the Lotto pattern comprises a continuous arabesque, while the Holbein contains distinct "gul" or medallion elements.  The Lotto pattern is almost always composed of a yellow vine on a red ground, while the Hobein guls vary in color within the same carpet, often with varying field ground colors as well.  Some scholars have classified the Lotto as a sub-type of the Holbein, others see the Lotto pattern as  a orthogonal simplification of earlier curvilinear spiral vine designs, the originals of which have been lost to history.

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