Rug: H. 312 in. (792.5 cm)
W. 165 in. (419.1 cm)
Wt. on 8" tube - 184 lbs. (83.5 kg)
Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1946
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
The excellent condition and unusual colors of this carpet make it a unique example of carpet production during the Safavid period in Iran. The yellow field, rarely seen in carpets of this type, renders it an unusual variation of a classic design. The central medallion, scrolling vines (arabesque), and peacocks in the field are all common features of Safavid carpets. The arabesque designs have parallels in sixteenth-century Persian tile revetments, while the central medallion design is similar to contemporary book covers, suggesting that the same court workshop created designs for manuscripts, carpets, and architectural ornamentation.
Dukes of Anhalt, Dessau, Germany(after 1683); Sir Joseph Duveen, London (by 1931–d. 1939); [ Duveen Brothers, London, by 1940]; Samuel H. KressFoundation, New York (until 1946; gifted to MMA)
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