Dragon Carpet

Object Name: Carpet

Date: late 18th–early 19th century

Geography: Attributed to Caucasus

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Wool, cotton; plain weave with supplementary-weft embroidery (Soumak)

Dimensions: Rug: H. 90 in. (228.6 cm)
W. 70 3/4 in. (179.7 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1971

Accession Number: 1971.263.5


This embroidered rug features a design with repeating s-like motifs. They are arranged in four rows with a black one altenating with a white. The motif recalls a highly stylized dragon. This repeating pattern of stylized dragons gave the name "Dragon Carpet" to this type of rug which was produced in Trans-Caucasia.