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Carpet Fragment depicting Angels

Arts of the Islamic World

MEDIUM Wool and silk pile, asymmetrical knot
DATES early 16th century
PERIOD Safavid
DIMENSIONS 39 3/8 x 26 in. (100 x 66 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Herbert L. Pratt in memory of his wife, Florence Gibb Pratt
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Carpet fragment, thought to be the center field, depicting four winged figures on a blue-green ground. The carpet fragment is from a carpet that consisted of pieces from two or more wool pile carpets that at some point prior to acquisition had been sewn together to make a large rectangular carpet. The carpet was later disassembled into eight separate fragments. The following is description of the carpet in its assemble state (description is taken from the accession sheet): "All the fragments have white cotton wefts and warps and have Sehna knots. Across the top is a thin strip of rug with a floral vine and cloud design in yellow, pink, red, orange, white and light blue on a dark blue ground. Below this is a broad band from a compartment rug, running the width of the frame. In the center, bordered on each side with four unconnected strips from the same compartment rug described above, across the bottom, and with the design lying on its side, is a broad strip with a design of birds on flowered trees and among cloud bands in much the same colors as those of the central panel, but on a white ground. The upper border has been filled out with several odd pieces. The central section has been stained brown in a number of places."
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Carpet Fragment depicting Angels, early 16th century. Wool and silk pile, asymmetrical knot, 39 3/8 x 26 in. (100 x 66 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Herbert L. Pratt in memory of his wife, Florence Gibb Pratt, 36.213g. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 36.213g_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 36.213g_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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