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Silk 'Kashan' Carpet

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
16th century
Geography:
Iran, probably Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk (warp, weft and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: H. 98 1/16 in. (249 cm) W. 67 5/16 in. (171 cm) Mount: H. 106 1/2 in. (270.5 cm) W. 75 1/4 in. (191.1 cm) D. 3 in. (7.6 cm) Object not yet weighed. Test lifted, Estimated weight 200lbs.
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Douglas M. Moffat, 1958
Accession Number:
58.46
  • Description

    This carpet is one of a small group of luxurious weavings notable for their extremely high knot density and all-silk construction. While their appearance and feel is akin to velvet, the pattern here is created by row upon row of minute, hand-tied knots of fine silk thread. Only about twenty carpets of this type are known to survive, four of which are held in the Museum’s collection. They are referred to as silk Kashan carpets, after a city in Iran where silk carpets are said to have been produced as early as the sixteenth century. The designs of these carpets, however, have been related to works produced in the contemporary Safavid capital of Tabriz, suggesting a connection with that city’s royal design workshops.

  • Provenance

    John Taylor Johnston, New York; Mrs. Douglas M. Moffat, New York (until 1958; gifted to MMA)

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