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Carpet

Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran, probably Kashan
Medium:
Silk, metal wrapped thread; tapestry weave
Dimensions:
L. 91 x W. 55 in. (231.14 x 139.7 cm)
Wt. in mount 137 lbs. (62.1 kg)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1951
Accession Number:
51.197
Not on view
While the design of this carpet, with its central medallion and defined corner pieces, resembles that of a number of silk pile carpets from the second half of the sixteenth century, its precious metal thread and tapestry-weave technique are typical of luxury products from a half century later. The carnation blossoms that appear in the border were widespread in Ottoman ceramics and textiles in the sixteenth century and became popular in Safavid textile designs from the 1640s onward.

The silk weft threads of this carpet vary in quality and diameter and range from loosely spun to tightly plied. The upper and lower borders feature an almost identical pattern but are differentiated by contrasting colors of blue and yellow, possibly intended to mark the top of the carpet.
Marquis Etienne de Saint-Seine, Dijon, France; by descentin the Saint-Seine family (until at least 1889); Horace Havemeyer, New York (by 1930–51; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Persian Rugs of the So-called Polish Type," June 10, 1930–September 21, 1930, no. 19.

Dimand, Maurice S. "New York June 10–September 21, 1930." In Loan Exhibition of Persian Rugs of the So-Called Polish Type. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. no. 19, p. 10, ill. pl. III (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 25, pp. 65, 105, ill. fig. 92 (b/w).

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