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Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Cotton and silk (foundation), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Mount: H. 51 1/2 in. (130.8 cm) W. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Page & Otto Marx Jr. Foundation Gift and Rogers Fund, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.54
  • Description

    Among the rarest of all classical Persian carpets is the Khorasan type, from northeastern Iran. Early Khorasan carpets survive only in fragmentary form, and this particular example is one of five known fragments from a carpet made in the Safavid period. Originally part of the right border, its decoration consists of a pattern of elaborate cartouches alternating with octafoil medallions that contain open blossoms. Despite its fragmented state, the piece is in excellent condition, with good pile and splendid colors in dark blue, golden yellow, ivory, and red.

  • Provenance

    probably Friedrich Sarre, Berlin (early 20th century); sale, Phillips, London, 11 April, 2000, lot 122; [ The Textile Gallery, London, until 2001; sold to MMA]

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