Carpet with Geometricized Floral Design

Object Name: Carpet

Date: late 18th century

Geography: Attributed to Caucasus

Medium: Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile

Dimensions: H. 258 in. (655.3 cm)
W. 114 1/2 in. (290.8 cm)

Tube: 10 x 126 in. (25.4 x 320 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1970

Accession Number: 1970.302.10


This carpet is representative of the Caucasian weaving tradition with its geometricized motifs and overall design, red ground and other warm colors. The field is composed of repeating large-scale medallion-motifs formed with stylized palmettes, lotus and other flowers, combined with polygonal or star-like patterns. Stylized cypress trees on a stand against a white ground are repeated in the narrow border. A few flowers with rounded leaves on the star-like medallions are remnants of Persian influence and soften the geometrized composition. This powerful design is especially striking on a carpet of this large size and was preferred by commercial workshops, where such carpets with their low knot-count were produced in large quantities for trade.