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17th century
Attributed to Iran
Silk, metal wrapped thread
Textile: H. 17 in. (43.2 cm) W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm) Mount: H. 21 3/4 in. (55.2 cm) W. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm) D. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
Not on view
Safavid textiles are praised as the pinnacle of Iranian loom weaving. When the Safavids came to power at the turn of the sixteenth century and set up their capital cities of Tabriz, Qazvin, and Isfahan, the textile industry became centralized, and the production of silk textiles and rugs, as well as raw silk for export, became part of a lucrative revenue stream. Lotus or pomegranate shaped flowers on long stems with feathery leaves move in alternating rhythm on this silk textile.
[ Arthur Blackborne, London, until 1907; sold to MMA]
Reath, Nancy Andrews, and Eleanor B. Sachs. Persian Textiles and Their Technique from the Sixth to the Eighteenth Centuries Including a System for General Textile Classification. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1937. pp. 12,32,57,95, ill. pl. 42 (b/w).

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