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Art history has always been inseparable from international trade and the mingling of cultures. Art always crosses borders and has an impact on the place of arrival (although not immediately). Here are Ottoman carpets that have found their way into Renaissance paintings!

Holbein Carpet

Hans Holbein the Younger, The Merchant Georg Gisze, 1532, Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Lotto Carpet

Lorenzo Lotto, The Charity of Saint Anthony, 1542, Church of Saints Giovanni and Paolo, Venice

Ghirlandaio Carpet

Domenico Ghirlandaio Madonna and Child enthroned with Saint, circa 1483, Uffizi, Florence

Memling Carpet

Hans Memling’s Still Life with a Jug with Flowers (The reverse side of the Portrait of a Praying Man), c. 1480, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain