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Border of a Luxurious Floor Covering

Object Name:
ca. 1600
Attributed to Iran
Silk, silver, gold thread; lampas
Textile: H. 33 1/4 in. (84.5 cm)
W. 63 in. (160 cm)
Mount: H. 37 1/8 in. (94.3 cm)
W. 66 1/8 in. (168 cm)
D. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
This U-shaped fragment was once part of the border of a larger textile. The border contains naturalistic renderings of flowers, including roses in crimson, pink, and silver, carnations in orange and yellow, and other flowers in blue and pink, all on a gold ground. The delicacy of the design is achieved through the high number of threads used to translate this design from paper cartoon to finished textile. The silver- and gold-covered threads used copiously throughout the border are a testament to the wealth and taste of the patron.
[ Nasli M. Heeramaneck (Indian), New York, until 1929; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. pp. 218–19, ill. fig. 134 (b/w).

Reath, Nancy Andrews, and Eleanor B. Sachs. Persian Textiles and Their Technique from the Sixth to the Eighteenth Centuries Including a System for General Textile Classification. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1937.

Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. ill. v. VI, pl. 1069B.

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