"Floral and Cloudband" Carpet, Cotton (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

"Floral and Cloudband" Carpet

Object Name:
17th century
Attributed to Iran
Cotton (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
L. 97.5 x W. 56.25 in. (247.65 x 142.87 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ralph Dudley, 1953
Accession Number:
Not on view
This type of carpet is characterized by a weft structure with four plies and a dense knot count, which explain the tightness and heaviness of the rug. Common Persian motifs are usually knotted in a rich palette with two to three different tones per color. Starting from the center, cloudbands, peonies, lotuses, and other flowers develop in spiral-like movements and are arranged following vertical and horizontal symmetrical axes. Contrasting ground colors—rich red and dark blue—accentuate the vibrancy of the rug and help distinguishing the border from the field.
Vitall and Leopold Benguiat, New York (until 1925; their sale, American Art Galleries,New York, December 5, 1925, no. 49, to Walters); Henry Walters, Baltimore (1925–d. 1931); his wife, Sarah Green Walters (American), Baltimore (1931–41; her sale, Park-Bernet Galleries, New York,May 3, 1941, no. 1327, to Dudley); Ralph Dudley, New York (1941–53; gifted to MMA)
Toronto. Aga Khan Museum. "A Thirst for Riches: Carpets from the East in Paintings from the West," June 6–October 18, 2015, no catalogue.

Dimand, Maurice S. "The seventeenth century Isfahan school of rug weaving." In Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Richard Ettinghausen. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. p. 264, ill. fig. 10 (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. 32, pp. 107-108, ill. p. 108 (b/w).