Floral Brocade

Object Name: Fragment

Date: late 17th–early 18th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas

Dimensions: Textile: H. 27 1/2 in. (69.9 cm)
W. 28 in. (71.1 cm)
Mount: H. 33 in. (83.8 cm)
W. 33 in. (83.8 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Woven

Credit Line: Gift of the Hajji Baba Club, in recognition of Dr. Maurice Dimand's long and distinguished service in the field of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum, 1959

Accession Number: 59.58


Raw silk as well as silk velvets and brocades were major exports to Europe from the Safavid Empire. Contemporary paintings show that rich brocades were equally popular for clothing among the Iranian aristocracy. This fragment has a dark red ground with rows of stylized composite flowers in shades of green, blue, white, tan, and pink arranged in straight rows paired with abstract sundry leaves. Like their Mughal and Deccan counterparts, such textiles may have been inspired by printed Dutch and English botanicals.