Cotton (warp and weft) silk (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
H. 174 in. (442 cm)
W. 83 in. (210.8 cm)
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Not on view
Carpets woven in the former silk road settlements of Kashgar, Yarkand, and Khotan, situated at the western end of the Taklamakan Desert, display a mixture of patterns and styles. Chinese influence can be seen in the palette–with emphasis on deep red, blue, and yellow–and in some patterns, particularly those of the borders. Field patterns typically draw from Iranian or Central Asian Turkic or even Mughal Indian traditions. The knot type is the asymmetrical knot favored in Iran. This rug bears one of the more popular patterns found in these carpets, the vase and pomegranate design, here arranged in four units repeated to fill the large field.
James F. Ballard, St. Louis, MO (until 1922; gifted to MMA)
Breck, Joseph, and Frances Morris. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1923. no. 116, p. 58, ill. (b/w).
Dimand, Maurice S. Peasant and Nomad Rugs of Asia. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1961. no. 34, pp. 72, 73, 82, ill. (color).
Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 231, pp. 170-171, 347, ill. pp. 170-171, (color; b/w).