Silk, cotton, flat metal thread; cut and voided velvet, brocaded
Textile: H. 45 in. (114.3 cm)
W. 27 in. (68.6 cm)
Mount: H. 52 in. (132.1 cm)
W. 32 1/2 in. (82.6 cm)
Wt. 30 lbs. (13.6 kg)
Rogers Fund, 1912
Not on view
During the seventeenth century, rows of flowering plants became fashionable designs for textiles in Iran, India, and Turkey. In this example, the plants are fantastic conglomerations of blossoms growing out of pools of coiled waves. The serrated edges of the leaves may show the influence of the so-called saz style popular in Turkey at the same time. Safavid weavers of this period were particularly adept at obscuring the junctions where pattern-repeat units meet, creating the sense of a continuous composition. Safavid velvets were among the finest fabrics sold on the international market and were popular in Iran.
[ Hassan Khan Monif, New York, until 1912; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Persian Silks of the Safavid Period," December 9, 2003–March 14, 2004, no catalogue.