Iranian / Kashan carpet / second half of the 16th centuryIranian
Kashan carpet
second half of the 16th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Name-CRT: Iranian
Title: Kashan carpet
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1550
Creation End Date: 1599
Creation Date: second half of the 16th century
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: rugs
Materials and Techniques: Pile weave, silk pile on silk foundation, 508 asymmetrical knots per square inch
Dimensions: W. 70 1/16 in. (178 cm), L. 94 7/8 in. (241 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 14.40.721
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913

This silk rug demonstrates the part played by the miniaturist in designing rug cartoons. Neither the symmetry usually associated with carpet designs nor the repeat patterns of textiles is evident here. Animals, including fantastic beasts of Chinese origin, arranged singly or in groups, are pictorially laid out in a landscape of flowering plants. As in most Persian carpets, the animals are engaged in combat-possibly evoking the underlying symbolism of a cosmological order dating back to pre-Islamic times as well as referring to the hunt, a symbol of royal power.

AMICA ID: MMA_.14.40.721
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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