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Dragon Carpet

Object Name:
late 18th–early 19th century
Attributed to Caucasus
Wool, cotton; plain weave with supplementary-weft embroidery (Soumak)
Rug: H. 90 in. (228.6 cm) W. 70 3/4 in. (179.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1971
Accession Number:
Not on view
This embroidered rug features a design with repeating s-like motifs. They are arranged in four rows with a black one altenating with a white. The motif recalls a highly stylized dragon. This repeating pattern of stylized dragons gave the name "Dragon Carpet" to this type of rug which was produced in Trans-Caucasia.
Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1960–71; 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. 40, p. 43, ill. pl. XVIII.

McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 40, pp. 162-163, ill. pl. 40 (color).

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