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Safavid Silk Carpet, 16th century, probably Kashan, Iran, Shah Tahmasb I or Muhammed Khudabanda Period. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Silk (warp, weft and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

Rug: L. 96 in. (243.8 cm) W. 65 in. (165.1 cm) Mount: L. 101 3/4 in. (258.4 cm) W. 72 1/2 in. (184.2 cm) D. 3 in. (7.6 cm) Currently on display on Great Hall Balcony, object not yet weighed. Estimated weight: 200 lbs.

Credit Line
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
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