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Vase-technique Carpet with Overlapping Cartouches

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
17th century
Geography:
Iran, probably Kirman or Isfahan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Cotton (warp), silk (weft), wool (weft and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: L. 189 in. (480.1 cm) W. 127 in. (322.6 cm) Tube: L. 140 in. (355.6 cm) Diam. 20 in. (50.8 cm) Wt. 75 lbs. (34 kg) (Carpet weighed with 120 lb. tube at 195 lbs.)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Horace Havemeyer, 1956
Accession Number:
56.185.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
The tightly controlled pattern of compartments is formed by overlapping cartouches, which are exceptionally varied in coloring and adorned with finely drawn palmettes growing from a vine system. In its floral forms, technical structure, and rich color scheme, this carpet is related to the so-called Vase carpets, believed to have been made in Kirman in southern Iran. Its unusual design of cartouches, however, is also found in two "Polonaise" silk carpets that have been attributed to central Iran.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York]; Horace Havemeyer, New York (by 1929–d. 1956; bequeathed to MMA)
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. 113, p. 78.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 296 (mentioned).

Dimand, Maurice S. "The Horace Havemeyer Bequest of Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol.15 (May 1957). pp. 209, 212, p. 212 (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. 39, pp. 75, 110, ill. fig. 105 (b/w).

Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney. Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. p. 122, ill. pl. 113 (color).



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