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Velvet Fragment with Floral Pattern

Object Name:
16th century
Attributed to Iran
Silk; cut velvet
Textile: H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm) W. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm) Mount: H. 12 in. (30.5 cm) W. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm) D. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
09.50.1107a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
Silk velvets were produced in Iran in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries for export to Europe as luxury goods. They were often used as garments and household furnishings and cherished by Iranian and European consumers alike for their supple texture. These fragments feature staggered rows of flowering plants in yellow, orange and pink against a dark blue ground. Similar floral motifs appear on textiles, tile work and other decorative media during the Safavid era, attesting to the popularity of the garden as a favorite theme.
Friedrich FischbachCollection, Wiesbaden (until 1909; sold to Dr. Voos for MMA)sold to Dr. Voos for MMA)
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