Cotton (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Rug: L. 189 in. (209.6 cm)
W. 82 1/2 in. (209.6 cm)
Wt. 41lbs. (18.6 kg) with 6" tube
Rogers Fund, 1969
Not on view
This floral arabesque carpet belongs to a group previously attributed to both Iran and India. The four‑ply warp points to Iran as the place of manufacture. Furthermore, such carpets were woven in large quantities and numerous examples survive. Few of these, however, possess the intensity, scale, and originality of this one. Light and dark blue arabesque bands run symmetrically through the field, creating a sense of flow. The design is further elaborated by the fine network of buds, rosettes, leaves, and palmettes in the background, as well as by the equally vibrant main border, set against a blue background.
Kevorkian Foundation, New York (by 1966–69; its sale, Sotheby's London,December 5, 1969, no. 19, to MMA)
Dallas Museum of Art. "The Kevorkian Foundation Collection of Rare and Magnificent Oriental Carpets," October 8, 1966–November 27, 1966, no. 8.
Dimand, Maurice S. "Special Loan Exhibition, a Guide and Catalog." In The Kevorkian Foundation Collection of Rare and Magnificent Oriental Carpets. New York: Plantin Press, 1966. no. 8, ill. pl. IV (color).
Dimand, Maurice S. "The seventeenth century Isfahan school of rug weaving." In Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Richard Ettinghausen. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. pp. 261, 264-5, ill. col. pl., fig. 9, Color plate and b/w illustration.
Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 36, pp. 72, 109, ill. fig. 102 (b/w).
Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965–1975 (1975). p. 137, ill. (b/w).
"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 143, p. 330-331, ill. p. 331 (color).
Ellis, Charles. Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988. pp. 214-215.