Floral Brocade

Object Name: Fragment

Date: late 17th–early 18th century

Geography: Iran

Culture: Islamic

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, but as contemporary paintings show, rich brocades were equally popular for clothing among the aristocrats of Iran itself. This fragment has a dark red ground with rows of stylized flowers in shades of green, blue, white, tan, and pink arranged in strict rows.