Rug: H. 81 3/4 in. (207.6 cm)
W. 57 3/4 in. (146.7 cm)
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1970
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
This carpet overflows with naturalistically rendered flowers and plants, organized around one central medallion and four quarter- medallions in each corner. A similar medallion design can be seen on many decorative leather book covers from the same period, and it is likely that the manuscript design was incorporated into the visual repertoire of Safavid weavers. Artists working in the court atelier produced drawings and designs for artisans working in a variety of different media. The designs and trends generated by the court were then adopted by commercial workshops that created high-quality carpets like this one.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, by 1926– at least 1938]; Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1965–70; gifted to MMA)
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