Art/ Collection/ Art Object


late 16th–early 17th century
Made in Iran, probably Kashan
Silk, metal-wrapped thread; tapestry weave
H. 93 in. (236.2 cm) W. 57 in. (144.8 cm) Wt. in mount 138 lbs. (62.6 kg)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
Not on view
This carpet was among those produced for export to Europe and was formerly in the collection of the Royal House of Saxony. Unlike examples with scenes of animal combat or floral patterns within the central medallions, the field of this carpet contains a cross, an apt symbol for a European patron. The leaves with serrated edges, lotus flowers, and overlapping vine scrolls in the corners are typical decorative features of this class of carpet.

Microscopic examination has revealed that the core of the metal-wrapped threads contained two colors of silk-a standard white and an intense red. Red is an unusual color for the core. Also uncommon is the use of two separate metal threads woven together in a single row, each containing a different colored core. Metal strips of both threads, previously gold and silver, are oxidized and appear here as dark gray.
Royal House of Saxony; Residenzschloss Dresden; [ J. Glückselig& Son, Vienna, until 1931; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 302, ill. fig. 200 (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. 24, pp. 65, 105, ill. fig. 91 (b/w).

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