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Royal Carpet with Silk and Metal Thread

Royal Carpet with Silk and Metal Thread


Cotton: warp; cotton and silk: wefts; silk: pile, asymmetrical knot; gilt- and silver-metal thread: brocaded

Overall: 236.2 x 143.5 cm (93 x 56 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1926.533


Did you know?

16th- and 17th-century Iranian carpets with silk and metal thread were mistakenly called "Polish," based on one displayed in the Polish exhibit at the Paris World Fair in 1878.


The Safavid dynasty was the greatest dynasty from Iran in the Islamic period. Similarly, woven textiles and carpets from this period are some of the best produced in the region. Royal workshops produced luxurious textiles, like this one, to furnish the royal court. Expertly woven silks were highly prized by the Iranian elite but were also produced for export to the European aristocracy.


Carpets from the Islamic World
Persian Carpets Abroad
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