The Emperor's Carpet

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

One of the finest products of the Safavid court ateliers, this carpet once adorned the summer residence of the Habsburg emperors. The main field balances a sophisticated net of floral scrolls, large composite palmettes, cloud bands, buds, and blossoms with a myriad of real and fictional animals—dragons and Chinese antelope, lion and buffalo, tigers and leopards, ducks and pheasants. A verse found in the inner guard band likens a garden in springtime to the Garden of Paradise.

#6663. The Emperor's Carpet, Part 1



  1. 6663. The Emperor's Carpet, Part 1
  2. 6664. The Emperor's Carpet, Part 2
  3. 6777. The Emperor's Carpet, Part 3
The Emperor's Carpet, Silk (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

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