Blue-ground Carpet Fragment with Scrolling Floral Vines
Iran, probably Kirman
Cotton (warp), wool (weft and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Rug: H. 54 1/8 in. (137.5 cm)
W. 53 5/8 in. (136.2 cm)
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1970
Not on view
This fragment of a carpet bears a variety of flowers on winding stems over a blue ground. Its structure, which is composed of two planes of warp threads, indicates that it was probably produced in the city of Kirman in southeastern Iran. Carpets from this city display a wide range of patterns but are alike in construction. Exported to India during the reign of Emperor Akbar (r. 1556–1605), Kirman carpets were known to be among the finest produced in Iran during this period.
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. 21, pp. 90-91, ill. pl. 21 (color).
Welch, Anthony, ed. Shah 'Abbas and the Arts of Isfahan. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1973. no. 27, pp. 48, 68, p. 48 (b/w).