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Royal Carpet with Silk and Metal Thread
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Item Details
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Culture
Iran, Isfahan, Safavid period, 17th Century
Title
Royal Carpet with Silk and Metal Thread
Work Type
Carpet
Date
1600-1625
Material
Brocaded gilt- and silver-metal thread; cotton warp, cotton and silk wefts; silk pile, asymmetrical knot, 295 per sq. in.
Measurements
Average: 205.7 x 142.3 cm (81 x 56 in.)
Description
Brilliant colors of silk carpet-pile form this rich foliate and floral pattern on (originally shiny) gold- and silver-thread grounds. This radiant Iranian carpet was woven in a royal workshop of Shah ’Abbas I in Isfahan. The Shah presented similar coveted carpets as imperial gifts to kings of Islamic and Christian countries. In Denmark, one carpet looks sparkling new because it is reserved for coronations. This group with silk and metal thread is mistakenly called "Polish," based on one displayed in the Polish exhibit at the Paris World Fair in 1878. Unlike these opulent carpets, most 16th- and 17th-century Iranian carpets were woven with wool, many of which served as models when the industry was revived in the late 19th century.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: T - Islamic
Department: Textiles
Provenance: formerly in Chorherrenstift Voran, Austria; (Mario Veneziani, Rome).
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the Artstor Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1926.533_full.tif
SSID
24584804

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