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Fragment of a Carpet with Cartouche Border

Object Name:
late 16th century
Silk (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Rug: L. 43 1/4 in. (109.9 cm) W. 49 in. (124.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1970
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
This carpet bears flowers on winding stems, birds, and Chinese cloud bands in a dense arrangement covering the entirety of its deep red ground. Similar imagery appears on works executed in other media, including in painting and bookbinding, from sixteenth century Iran, where it references the role of hunting and gardens in the lives of Safavid elite. Although only a fragment of this carpet remains, polylobed cartouches along its border further reflect this theme.
Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1960–70; gifted to MMA)
McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 13, pp. 66-67, ill. pl. 13 (color).

Ellis, Charles. Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988. p. 235.

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