Dragon Carpet

Object Name: Carpet

Date: 17th century

Geography: Attributed to Caucasus

Medium: Wool (weft and pile); cotton (warp)

Dimensions: H. 170 in. (431.8 cm)
W. 90.00 in. (228.6 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922

Accession Number: 22.100.122


This rug represents the village carpet-weaving tradition of the Caucasus that was contemporaneously with court production in Ottoman Turkey and Safavid Iran. While rugs produced in royal workshops had flowing, floral patterns, those from provincial weaving centers retained a strongly geometric character. The motif of highly stylized dragons, which are depicted here, gave the name "Dragon Carpet" to this type of rug which was produced in Trans-Caucasia.