Fragment of a Carpet with Cartouche Border

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

This carpet bears flowers on winding stems, birds, and Chinese cloud bands in a dense arrangement covering the entirety of its deep red ground. Similar imagery appears on works executed in other media, including in painting and bookbinding, from sixteenth century Iran, where it references the role of hunting and gardens in the lives of Safavid elite. Although only a fragment of this carpet remains, polylobed cartouches along its border further reflect this theme.

Fragment of a Carpet with Cartouche Border, Silk (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

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