Cotton (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Carpet: L. of left edge: 122in. (309.9cm)
L. of center edge: 121 1/2in. (308.6cm)
L. of right edge: 123 1/2in. (313.7cm)
W. of top: 75in. (190.5cm)
W. of bottom: 73 1/4in. (186.1cm)
Tube: Diam. 9 in.
W. 95 1/4 in.
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Representations of Persian gardens in carpets combine a bird’s-eye view of the classic four‑part garden (chahar bagh) with a profile of birds and trees. The oldest and most refined example, which served as the prototype for weavers in Kurdistan, is dated 1622–32 and is currently in the Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur, India. In contrast, this carpet is highly stylized and the proportions between the main water channels and the surrounding gardens are less sophisticated.
Carl Robert Lamm, Näsby Castle, Sweden; 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. 4, p. 5, ill. (b/w).
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 301, ill. fig. 199 (b/w).
Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 44, pp. 112, 146-147, ill. fig. 115, (b/w, color).
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 189, p. 270, ill. p. 270 (color).