Garden Carpet

Object Name: Carpet

Date: ca. 1800

Geography: Made in Northwestern Iran or Kurdistan

Medium: Cotton (warp and weft), wool (pile); symmetrically knotted pile

Dimensions: Rug: H. 223 1/2 in. (567.7 cm)
W. 95 in. (241.3 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: Gift of William R. Pickering, 1967

Accession Number: 67.156


The earliest Persian garden carpets date from the seventeenth century. This example from Kurdistan or northwestern Iran dates from about 1800. The composition comprises two repeats of the classic Islamic garden plan, known as "Four Gardens" (Chahar Bagh). It shows a wide central stream of water intersected by narrower courses, all of them enlivened by fish. The units separated by the streams represent ornamental pools or flowerbeds, and the composition as a whole abounds with flowering plants, shrubs, and trees.