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The Anhalt Medallion Carpet

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
probably first half 16th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Cotton (warp), silk (weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: H. 312 in. (792.5 cm) W. 165 in. (419.1 cm) Wt. on 8" tube - 184 lbs. (83.5 kg)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1946
Accession Number:
46.128
  • Description

    The excellent condition and unusual colors of this carpet make it a unique example of carpet production during the Safavid period in Iran. The yellow field, rarely seen in carpets of this type, renders it an unusual variation of a classic design. The central medallion, scrolling vines (arabesque), and peacocks in the field are all common features of Safavid carpets. The arabesque designs have parallels in sixteenth-century Persian tile revetments, while the central medallion design is similar to contemporary book covers, suggesting that the same court workshop created designs for manuscripts, carpets, and architectural ornamentation.

  • Provenance

    Dukes of Anhalt, Dessau, Germany(after 1683); Sir Joseph Duveen, London (by 1931–d. 1939); [ Duveen Brothers, London, by 1940]; Samuel H. KressFoundation, New York (until 1946; gifted to MMA)

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