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Carpet with Geometricized Floral Design

Object Name:
late 18th century
Attributed to Caucasus
Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
H. 258 in. (655.3 cm) W. 114 1/2 in. (290.8 cm) Tube: 10 x 126 in. (25.4 x 320 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1970
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
This carpet is representative of the Caucasian weaving tradition with its geometricized motifs and overall design, red ground and other warm colors. The field is composed of repeating large-scale medallion-motifs formed with stylized palmettes, lotus and other flowers, combined with polygonal or star-like patterns. Stylized cypress trees on a stand against a white ground are repeated in the narrow border. A few flowers with rounded leaves on the star-like medallions are remnants of Persian influence and soften the geometrized composition. This powerful design is especially striking on a carpet of this large size and was preferred by commercial workshops, where such carpets with their low knot-count were produced in large quantities for trade.
Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1965–70; gifted to MMA)
"[catalogue of an exhibition held at the] Hayward Gallery, London, 19 October –10 December 1972." In Islamic Carpets from the Joseph V. McMullan Collection. London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1972. no. 42, p. 44, ill. pl. XIII (color).

McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 42, pp. 172-179, ill. pl. 42 (color).

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