Silk; cut and voided velvet with continuous floats of flat metal thread
Textile: H. 40 in. (101.6 cm)
W. 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Mount: H. 45 in. (114.3 cm)
W. 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm)
D. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Gift of V. Everit Macy, 1927
Not on view
This fragment from a royal tent, produced during the reign of the Safavid ruler Shah Tahmasp, displays qualities typical of textiles from this period. Densely woven silk threads form the warp and weft of cut and voided velvet, and supplementary metal threads create a shimmering effect. The central peony of the design is surrounded by ogival palmettes, spotted ribbons, lotus flowers, tulips, and rosettes. Owned by the Sangusko family of Poland until 1920, this and other fragments from the tent may have been brought to Eastern Europe in 1683, following the defeat of Ottoman troops in the Battle of Vienna.
Sanguszko family, Poland(until 1920); V. Everit Macy, New York (until 1927; gifted 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. 9, 11, 39, 40, 64, 123, ill. pl. 82 (b/w).
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. 169, pp. 244-245, ill. p. 245 (color).