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Rebecca Unsworth

Flying Carpets? Material Culture and the Global Trade of Turkish Carpets, c. 1400-1700


Supervisors: Dr Giorgio Riello and Dr Anne Gerritsen


Welcome to the ePortfolio of Rebecca Unsworth. I am currently a third year undergraduate student in the Department of History, undertaking a URSS project. The project is based around the trade and consumption of Turkish carpets in the Early Modern period, and fits into the larger project on 'Global Commodities' led by my supervisors, Giorgio Riello and Anne Gerritsen.

The aim of my research is to explore how much Turkish carpets can be seen as having been a class of 'global objects', bought and used as an item of everyday material culture in areas far from their place of production. I am also investigating the limitations of, and issues surrounding, the use of surviving Turkish Carpets as sources, and as such am creating a database of existing carpets held in museums around the world. For more about my research, and for links to further information on the topic of Turkish Carpets, please see the My Research page.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or comments surrounding my research.


For the conclusions of my project and the results that it produced, please see the poster (Powerpoint Presentation) which I created summarising my work. The poster will be displayed at the main URSS poster presentation on Wednesday 10th November in the Panorama Room at 12pm. I myself will not be there as I am currently on a term abroad, but please email me if you wish to discuss anything about the project with me.



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Rebecca Unsworth

R dot A dot Unsworth at warwick dot ac dot uk