Art/ Collection/ Art Object


late 16th–early 17th century
Attributed to Iran, probably Kashan
Silk, metal wrapped thread; tapestry weave
Textile: H. 87 in. (221 cm) W. 58 1/2 in (148.6 cm) Mount: H. 95 1/2 in. (242.6 cm) W. 66 1/2 in. (168.9 cm) D. 2 in. (5.1 cm) Wt. 135 lbs. (61.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, by exchange, 1943
Accession Number:
Not on view
This tapestry-woven carpet with threads wrapped in precious metal belongs to a group produced in Kashan in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Unlike carpets produced for shrines, this example contains a central lobed medallion with flying cranes, a motif repeated in the four corner pieces. The animal combats in the field recall earlier sixteenth-century pile carpets except that here the scale of the animals is large and the drawing quite free. Carpets of this type are known to have been sold to Polish nobility in the early seventeenth century and others were presented as gifts by Shah Abbas I (reigned 1587–1629).
Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington; [ P. W. French and Company, New York, in 1926–43; sold to MMA]
The Art Club of Chicago. "Loan Exhibition of Early Oriental Carpets," 1926, 28.

London. Burlington House. "International Exhibition of Persian Art," January 7, 1931–February 28, 1931, no. 354.

de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Exhibition of Islamic Art," February 24, 1937–March 22, 1937, no. 246.

The Iranian Institute. "Exhibition of Persian Art," 1940, no. 7.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Making the Invisible Visible," April 2, 2013–August 4, 2013, no catalogue.

Pope, Arthur Upham. "The Art Club of Chicago." In Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Early Oriental Carpets.. 1926. no. 28, pp. 76–77, ill. p. 76.

Wilson, Arnold T. "7th January to 28th February, 1931." In Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Persian Art. 3rd. ed. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1931. no. 354, p. 213.

Aga-Oglu, Mehmet. "M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, February 24 to March 22, 1937." In Exhibition of Islamic Art. San Francisco, 1937. no. 246, ill. fig. 246.

Ackerman, Phyllis. "The Iranian Institute, New York." In Guide to the Exhibition of Persian Art. 2nd. ed. New York: The Iranian Institute, 1940. no. 7, pp. 61–62, ill. p. 62.

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 26, pp. 66, 105, ill. fig. 93 (b/w).

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