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Carpet

Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Geography:
Iran, probably Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, metal wrapped thread; tapestry weave
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 87 in. (221 cm) W. 58 1/2 in (148.6 cm) Mount: H. 95 1/2 in. (242.6 cm) W. 66 1/2 in. (168.9 cm) D. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Laces
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, by exchange, 1943
Accession Number:
43.84
  • Description

    This tapestry-woven carpet with threads wrapped in precious metal belongs to a group produced in Kashan in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Unlike carpets produced for shrines, this example contains a central lobed medallion with flying cranes, a motif repeated in the four corner pieces. The animal combats in the field recall earlier sixteenth-century pile carpets except that here the scale of the animals is large and the drawing quite free. Carpets of this type are known to have been sold to Polish nobility in the early seventeenth century and others were presented as gifts by Shah Abbas I (reigned 1587–1629).

  • Provenance

    Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington; [ P. W. French and Company, New York, until 1943; sold to MMA]

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