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  • Silk velvet signed by “Ghiyath,” second half of 16th century; Safavid
    Iran
    Silk; cut and voided velvet with continuous floats of flat metal thread; L. 25 3/4 in. (65.4 cm), W. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
    Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952 (52.20.13)

    This cut and voided velvet displays a majestic ogival lattice composition surrounded by metal strips, now lost in most places. Well-known textile designer and entrepreneur Ghiyath al-Din cAli has added his signature, “Work of Ghiyath,” where adjacent stems meet under the eight-pointed star. A variety of figural and floral compositions bear Ghiyath’s name, and their popularity and high-quality craftsmanship are attested by the inclusion of approximately fifty of his textiles in a diplomatic gift sent by Shah cAbbas to the Mughal emperor Akbar in the early seventeenth century.

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  • Silk velvet signed by “Ghiyath,” second half of 16th century; Safavid
    Iran
    Silk; cut and voided velvet with continuous floats of flat metal thread; L. 25 3/4 in. (65.4 cm), W. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
    Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952 (52.20.13)

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