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Velvet Fragment with Scrolling Floral Vine Design

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
16th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran
Medium:
Silk, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet, brocaded
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm) W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm) Mount: H. 16 3/16 in. (41.1 cm) W. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome A. Straka and Margaret Mushekian Gifts, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.272.1
Not on view
The motifs on this small fragment of a velvet panel are characteristic of non-figural Safavid examples also found on carpets. These include a floral vine on red ground border and a meandering vegetal pattern in olive green with blue and red accents on a beige ground in the central field. The Safavids controlled a highly-developed textile industry in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Silk textiles produced in the royal workshop were used primarily for court consumption and export. The compound weave of this brocaded velvet that utilizes metal-wrapped threads is representative of the sophisticated production of silk in Iran at this time.
Dikran G. Kelekian, New York (by 1908–d. 1951); [ Charles Dikran Kelekian, New York, 1951–74; sold to MMA]
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