Floral Textile Fragment, Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas?

Floral Textile Fragment

Object Name:
early 17th century
Attributed to Iran
Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas?
Textile: H. 57 1/2 in. (146.1 cm)
W. 22 3/4 in. (60.3 cm)
Mount: H. 61 1/2 in. (156.2 cm)
W. 30 5/8 in. (77.8 cm)
D. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
Not on view
This silk textile is decorated with a repeated pattern of floral bouquets tied with pink ribbons on a pink-lavender ground. Safavid textiles produced during the seventeenth century were popular commodities in both international and local markets, and often depicted flower motifs like those seen here. Weavers favored luxurious materials like silk and metal-wrapped thread because of their rich sheen and the sumptuousness the opulent materials lent to the finished textile. The apricot orange and light purple suggest a preference for a soft color palette, and the skillfully rendered veins in the irises indicate an interest in naturalism.
[ Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome, until 1946; to Loewi]; [ Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles, 1946; sold to MMA]