The "Doria" Carpet

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This carpet is one of a pair; its counterpart is in the Carpet Museum in Tehran. The field pattern of both carpets is identical, and a balanced design is achieved when the two carpets are placed end‑to‑end. Both carpets are examples of the "Polonaise" type, so called for a nineteenth-century misattribution of this type of carpet to Poland rather than Iran. This group, distinguished by a silk pile and metallic brocading, is now known to have been made during and after the reign of Shah 'Abbas I in workshops in Isfahan, Yazd, and Kashan.

The "Doria" Carpet, Silk (warp, weft, and pile), metal wrapped thread; asymmetrically knotted pile, brocaded

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