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)
Fletcher Fund, 1991
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)
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.
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).