Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
H. 69 in. (175.3 cm)
W. 49 15/16 in. (126.8 cm)
Bequest of Joseph V. McMullan, 1973
Not on view
This is still another rendition of the double-niche pattern seen in the preceding rugs. The way the pattern is handled here again in a different manner, demonstrates the limitless imagination of the weavers of these rugs that would find over and over again a new variation on the same basic theme.
A sense of movement is created in the design of the field through the central floral motif that leads the eye from one arch to that opposite it. Two detached floral branches fill the rest of the field with a curved movement. Highly simplified but powerful lancette leaf and flower-rosette elements fill the spandrels of the arches which are accentuated by a colour much darker and more intense than any other in the entire design.
[Arts Council 1972]
Col. R. W. Winton ; Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1965–d. 1973; bequeathed 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. 86, p. 50.
McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 86, pp. 272-273, ill. pl. 86 (color).