The Carpet Merchant, from the vibrant color range of Jean-Léon Gérôme, renowned as the preeminent living artist of the 1880s due to the proliferation of countless reproductions of his masterpieces.
In this exhibition at the Art Institute in Minneapolis, USA, the French artist captured the essence of Cairo's carpet market, the vibrant hub of Egypt's capital, visited during one of his journeys through North Africa and the Middle East.
One of Gérôme's pupils is the incredible artist Osman Hamdi Bey, who captivates us with his masterpiece, 'The Turtle Trainer'.
The carpet, which is the main focus of the painting, is a 17th century carpet, which is now exhibited in museums in the most important cities of the world such as New York, London, Paris and Berlin. A Uşak carpet with a medallion, from the 19th century classical period.