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HERAT CARPET WITH SCROLLING VINES AND ANIMALS


cat. no. 82
(FRAGMENT)
East Persia,
Herat, mid-16th century
181 x 135 cm
Warp, weft silk
Knots wool, asymmetric
Knot count 4940
Inv. no. Or 311/1891/1907 HM


This well-known fragment consists of the top left corner of a Herat carpet over seven meters in length, with a pattern of scrolling vines and animals. To relate the fragment to the size of a complete carpet (e.g. cat. no. 80), about a quarter of the length and somewhat less than half the width is preserved here. The field pattern of the two exhibited carpets with scrolling vines and animals is based on the same model, varying only in a few colors and details. The quarter cartoon was mirrored vertically and horizontally, resulting in a centralized pattern where – in contrast to the medallion carpets – the middle part is barely accentuated. The strikingly expressive, white ground border with its broad red strapwork and palmettes can be encountered fairly often in this group. It appears that two fragments in the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec (Czech Republic) derive from the same carpet.
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