Vase-technique Carpet with Overlapping Cartouches

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

The tightly controlled pattern of compartments is formed by overlapping cartouches, which are exceptionally varied in coloring and adorned with finely drawn palmettes growing from a vine system. In its floral forms, technical structure, and rich color scheme, this carpet is related to the so-called Vase carpets, believed to have been made in Kirman in southern Iran. Its unusual design of cartouches, however, is also found in two "Polonaise" silk carpets that have been attributed to central Iran.

Vase-technique Carpet with Overlapping Cartouches, Cotton (warp), silk (weft), wool (weft and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

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