Royal Carpet with Silk and Metal Thread

Royal Carpet with Silk and Metal Thread

1600-1625

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

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

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1926.533

Location

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.

Description

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.

Video

Carpets from the Islamic World
Persian Carpets Abroad
See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email help.website@clevelandart.org.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.