Date of weave: 17thcentury
Origin: Tabriz
Dimensions: 252×167cm
Kind of Dyes: Natural
Main Colors: Crimson-red, madder-red, orange, dark and light green, black-blue, light blue, brown, cream, and pink


elvedges: Flat
Number of wefts: Double-wefted
Kind of knots: Symmetrical Warps: Silk
Wefts: Cotton
Pile: Wool and silver
Knot count: 65 Radj



Design :

This is one of the most beautiful carpets of the Carpet Museum of Iran woven in 17th century AD. It is brocaded with gold and silver threads and has corner-medallion design with animal figures. This cartouched carpet and other similar ones were all probably woven in Tabriz. Their color schemes, and style of designing are very typical of Safavid period
The field of the carpet in crimson-red is covered with palmettes and animal figures in different postures, and cloud-ribbons or spiral arabesques known as tchi motif. The central medallion in light green carries dragonhead arabesques, and in the middle of the medallion, we see four birds facing each other in pairs, on a light ground. Quarter-medallion in brown decorates the corners of the carpet, carrying arabesques with four birds. The main border of the carpet, in crimson-red, is decorated with band cartouches, inscribed with poems from Hafiz, in relief.
The poems read as follows:
Ask for wine, and scatter the flowers, what else do you desire
Said so the flower in dawn, oh, nightingale, what do you say
Take the beauty and the cupbearer to the garden
Kiss her lips and cheeks, drink wine and smell the flowers
Walk elegantly to the garden. so that the cypress learns from you how to captivate the hearts
Today that everybody is interested in you.
Try to understand your situation and do something good
Every bird comes to the garden of the King
The nightingale comes to chirp, and Hafiz comes to pray.
Two narrow borders carrying palmette flowers, spiral branches and leaves, and the tchi motif flank the main border of the carpet. Similar rugs were woven in Anatolia in the 19th century known
as Salting.


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