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Silk Velvet designed by 'Ghiyath'

Ghiyath (Iranian, born ca. 1530)

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
second half 16th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk; cut and voided velvet with continuous floats of flat metal thread
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 25 3/4 in. (65.4 cm) W. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm) Mount: L. 30 in. (76.2 cm) W. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952
Accession Number:
52.20.13
  • Description

    Originally, the beige satin background of this silk velvet panel was covered in shining metal threads—the remnants of which are still visible in some places. European travelers to the Safavid court and local historians described these luxurious, glittering textiles. The signature of the designer of this textile is woven into its design and reads: "work of Ghiyath." Ghiyath was attached to the Safavid court, serving for a time as a master weaver at the court of Shah 'Abbas I at Isfahan.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: The textile is signed in Naskhi script: "work of Ghiyath"

    Inscription: Signature in Persian in nasta’liq script, repeated four times in each compartment:
    عمل غیاث
    The work of Ghiyath

  • Provenance

    Dikran G. Kelekian, New York (by 1908–d. 1951; his estate, New York, 1951–52;sold to MMA)

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