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Khurasan Carpet Fragment

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
second half 16th century
Geography:
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
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    [ Art market, Istanbul, until 1898]; F. R. Martin, Istanbul and Stockholm (1898); Spanish Consulto Istanbul (from 1898); by descent to his son, Spain, and grandson, London (until 1977;sale, Lefevre, London, October 7, 1977, lot 1, to Dall'Oglio); Marino Dall 'Oglio, Milan(1977–91; sold to The Textile Gallery for MMA)

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