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The 'Doria' Carpet

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
17th century
Geography:
Made in Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk (warp, weft, and pile), metal wrapped thread; asymmetrically knotted pile, brocaded
Dimensions:
Rug: L. 158 in. (401.3 cm) W. 69.5 in. (176.5 cm) Tube: Diam. 3 in. (7.6 cm) W. 84 in. (213.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1950
Accession Number:
50.190.5
Not on view
This carpet is one of a pair; its counterpart is in the Carpet Museum in Tehran. The field pattern of both carpets is identical, and a balanced design is achieved when the two carpets are placed end‑to‑end. Both carpets are examples of the "Polonaise" type, so called for a nineteenth-century misattribution of this type of carpet to Poland rather than Iran. This group, distinguished by a silk pile and metallic brocading, is now known to have been made during and after the reign of Shah 'Abbas I in workshops in Isfahan, Yazd, and Kashan.
Prince Doria, Rome, Italy; [ Sir Joseph Duveen, London; sold to Rockefeller]; John D. Rockefeller Jr., New York (by 1930–50; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Persian Rugs of the So-called Polish Type," June 10, 1930–September 21, 1930, no. 5.

The Iranian Institute. "Exhibition of Persian Art," 1940, Gal. IV, no. 4.

Dimand, Maurice S. "New York June 10–September 21, 1930." In Loan Exhibition of Persian Rugs of the So-Called Polish Type. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. no. 5, p. 4.

Ackerman, Phyllis. "The Iranian Institute, New York." In Guide to the Exhibition of Persian Art. 2nd. ed. New York: The Iranian Institute, 1940. no. Gallery IV; no. 4, p. 60.

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 18, pp. 61, 103, ill. fig. 85 (b/w).



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