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Carpet fragment

Carpet fragment

  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1550-1600 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

carpet fragment

WARP: yellow silk; Z2S; 33 threads to the inch (112 per dm counted at 66 per 5 cms)

WEFT: white wool; Z spun, unplied; 2 parallel threads per shoot and 3 shoots after each row of knots; 17 knots to the inch (65 per dm counted at 26 per 4 cms).

PILE: wool; 8 original colours (plus 3 in reknotting): red, dark yellow, yellow, green, dark blue, pink, black, white (plus yellow, pink and light pink), asymmetrical knot, open to the right and tied around 2 warp threads; 281 knots to the sq. inch (3640 per sq. dm).

SIDE FINISH: both sides are cut.

END FINISH: both ends are cut.

DESIGN: field: red ground with lion attacking buffalo. NB: it is probably that the buffalo was originally knotted in black pile, later decayed. A new white cotton warp was then inserted and the area filled with tapestry weave in light brown wool.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


1550-1600 (made)


Length: 15.5 cm maximum, Length: 5 cm minimum, Width: 32 cm maximum, Width: 9 cm minimum

Descriptive line

Middle East, Carpet. Carpet fragment, wool pile on silk foundation, 'Hunting Carpet' design depicting a lion attacking a bull, Safavid Iran, 1550-1600


Silk; Wool


Middle East Section

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