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Based on the early XVII century Safavid 'Shah Abbas' rug in a blue-ground with scrolling floral vines (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, McMullan Collection)


Size: 161x211cm

Size (ft): 5'3"x6'11"

Area: 3.39 m2

Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~580 000 knots

Colors: navy blue, royal blue, midnight blue, medium light blue, red, yellow, green, maroon, aubergine, dark brown, ivory.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural dark brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool.

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and ivory wool wefts (two shots). 1cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides. - wool on wool

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.5cm

Ends: bundled knots

Inscriptions: 1439 (weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe, "Shah Abbas"

Weaver: woven by three sisters

Weaving Period: Three months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: One of the glories of the Shah Abbas school is a group of rugs wherein the forked arabesque is the dominant feature so clearly displayed in the design of this rug. On closer examination we can find a secondary scroll system from which spring practically all of the floral elements (winding stems) with the exception of the elaborate palmette forms carried by the major arabesque system.

A closely related fragment was published by Arthur Upham Pope (Chicago Exhibition, 1926, No. 21). It seems that complete rugs of this type have not survived which would indicate that they were made in very small numbers.

It can be concluded that this well known design types developed at the Isfahan court during the period of Shah Abbas were made not far from Isfahan or Kirman. In fact, its structure, which is composed of two planes of warp threads, indicates that it was probably produced in the city of Kirman in southeastern Iran.

Carpets from this city display a wide range of patterns but are alike in construction. Exported to India during the reign of Emperor Akbar (r. 1556–1605), Kirman carpets were known to be among the finest produced in Iran during this period.

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