The Anhalt Medallion Carpet

Object Name: Carpet

Date: probably first half 16th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Cotton (warp), silk (weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

Dimensions: Rug: H. 312 in. (792.5 cm)
W. 165 in. (419.1 cm)
Wt. on 8" tube - 184 lbs. (83.5 kg)

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1946

Accession Number: 46.128


The great medallion carpet on a golden yellow ground, known after the name of its former owner as the Anhalt carpet, was woven in Persia around the middle of the sixteenth century. The multicolored peacocks that punctuate its design of spiraling vines and stylized blossoms link its imagery to Islamic concepts of Paradise. The carpet's remarkable state of preservation and its color, unusual among surviving carpets of this period, add to its stunning visual impact.