Silk Velvet designed by 'Ghiyath'

Maker: Ghiyath (Iranian, born ca. 1530)

Object Name: Fragment

Date: second half 16th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Silk; cut and voided velvet with continuous floats of flat metal thread

Dimensions: Textile: L. 25 3/4 in. (65.4 cm)
W. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
Mount: L. 30 in. (76.2 cm)
W. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952

Accession Number: 52.20.13


The beige satin background of this silk velvet panel was originally covered in shining metal threads, the remnants of which are still visible in some places. Luxurious textiles like this one were described by Europeans who traveled to the Safavid court. This piece bears the inscription "work of Ghiyath," referring to a designer who was attached to the Safavid court and served as a master weaver at the court of Shah 'Abbas I at Isfahan.