Wool, cotton; plain weave with supplementary–weft embroidery (Soumak); 89 x 69 1/4 in. (226.1 x 177.2 cm)
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1971 (1971.263.5)
Even though different in general design, there can be no doubt that the pattern of this embroidered rug was derived directly from the tradition of the dragon rugs of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In fact, the surface is almost entirely covered with continuous rows of highly stylized, enormous dragon figures, alternating in color. The patterns on the bodies of these fantastic animals, although largely floral in nature, seem to indicate the presence of scales, which are particularly emphasized in the two white dragon-figures in the first row. Groups of other animals, probably stags on a minute scale, are scattered all through the field. A curious feature is a single figure of a human-faced winged creature in the upper left margin of the field.