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Carpet, Safavid style
Iran, Tabriz or Isfahan
Early 17th century


The Textile Museum R33.1.3
Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1924
212 x 133.5 cm

Many Oriental carpets, including most Persian carpets, share a design format that contains a rectangular central field surrounded by borders. In the central field of this carpet, several patterns seem to be layered although they are constructed knot by knot on a single level. The underlying pattern of a scrolling vine has vertical and horizontal reflection. A stylized leafy arabesque, also based on reflection, utilizes the same axes of symmetry.

The layered central medallion clearly relies upon reflection. Less easy to analyze, the main border combines symmetrical and asymmetrical designs to form a border pattern also based on reflection.

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