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Dragon Carpet

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
late 18th–early 19th century
Geography:
Caucasus
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wool, cotton; plain weave with supplementary-weft embroidery (Soumak)
Dimensions:
Rug: H. 90 in. (228.6 cm) W. 70 3/4 in. (179.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.263.5
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)
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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