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Khurasan Carpet Fragment

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
second half 16th century
Geography:
Made in Northeastern Iran, Khurasan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Cotton (warp), silk (weft), wool (weft and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: L. 108 11/16 in. (276 cm) W. 31 1/8 in. (79 cm) Mount: L. 112 1/4 in. (285.1 cm) W. 34 5/8 in. (87.9 cm) D. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm) Wt. 121 lbs. (54.9 kg)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.154
Not on view
With its rich pattern and extensive color palette, this large fragment once formed part of a magnificent carpet. This piece exhibits the use of jufti (or paired) knotting, characteristic of a small group of carpets and carpet fragments attributed to the northeastern Iranian province of Khurasan. The carefully-drawn flowers, incorporating serrated, curling leaves, resemble those of the so-called saz style, which became popular in Iran and Turkey in the sixteenth century.
[ Art market, Istanbul, until 1898]; Spanish Consulto Istanbul, Istanbul and Spain (from 1898); by descent to his son, Spain, and grandson, London (until 1977; sale Lefevre,London, 7 October 1977, no. 1, cat. pp. 22-25, to Dall'Oglio); Marino Dall 'Oglio, Milan(1977–91; on loan to MMA from 1978–1982;sold to The Textile Gallery for MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Nature of Islamic Ornament Part II: Vegetal Patterns," September 10, 1998–January 10, 1999, no catalogue.

Martin, F. R. A History of Oriental Carpets before 1800. Vienna: Printing Office of the Imperial-Royal Austrian Court and State, 1908. p. 41, ill. fig. 103.

Spuhler, Friedrich. Oriental Carpets in the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1987. no. 75, pp. 79, 218.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 50 (1991–1992). pp. 14, 15, ill. (color).

Walker, Daniel S., Marie Lukens Swietochowski, and Annemarie Schimmel. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1991-1992." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 50 (Fall 1992). pp. 14-15, ill. p. 14 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 184, pp. 264-265, ill. p. 265 (color).



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