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Carpet Fragment

Object Name:
17th–18th century
Attributed to Iran
Cotton (warp and weft), silk (weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
H. 107 in. (271.8 cm) W. 48 7/16 in. (123.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1970
Accession Number:
Not on view
Now and then a carpet has been found, shaped to fit a given area. Such rugs are fairly common in Mughal India, and do occasionally occur in Ottoman-Egyptian types, but they are rare in Persia. In fact, this is the only rug of this kind from Persia that has come to my attention. Although the rug is incomplete, the side borders, springing at approximately 45 degree angles, suggest that the rug was originally octagonal or hexagonal. We do have the full length, and it is probably safe to assume that the medallions at the right represent the original central axis of the pattern.If this be true, it would follow that the length and width of the complete piece were almost equal. As the rug is woven in a technique similar to that of the Vase carpets, it is safe to assume that it was made in the same area.The design, feauturing indented quatrefoil medallions in repeat, connected by large serrated leaf forms with a variety of floral stems scattered throughout the field, is quite unusual. It can be related to a large carpet in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Guide to the Collection of Carpets, London 1915, pl. VI).

[Arts Council 1972]
Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1960–70; gifted to MMA)
"Catalogue of an exhibition held at the] Hayward Gallery, London, 19 October–10 December 1972." In Islamic Carpets from the Joseph V. McMullan Collection. London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1972. no. 19, p. 39, ill. pl. V (color).

McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 19, pp. 88-89, ill. pl. 19 (color).

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