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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1630-1640 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool and cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. W. F. Morton, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Carpet fragment consisting of the right-hand border from a large carpet, composed of five fragments - one at least is from another carpet.

WARP: white cotton; Z4S; depressed; 20 threads to the inch (79 per dm).

WEFT: white cotton; z spun, unplied; 2 parallel threads per shoot and 3 shoots after each row of knots; 11 knots to the inch (42 per dm).

PILE: wool; 8 colours: dark red, red, orange-red, yellow, dark green, light green, blue, light blue; asymmetrical knot open to the left and tied around 2 threads; 110 knots to the sq. inch (1659 per sq. dm).

SIDE FINISH: left-hand side is cut. Right-hand side: a patch from the same carpet: one cord over sewn with dark red wool.

END FINISH: both ends are cut.

DESIGN: main border: dark green ground with pair of curved leaves framing light red flowerhead and stem.

Left-hand border: dark blue ground with a floral meander and an outer guard of yellow ground with staggered blocks of light blue.

Right-hand border (a patch): dark red ground with floral meander and an inner guard with yellow ground and light green, interlocking arches.

Alien patch has dark red ground with floral meander.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


1630-1640 (made)


Unknown (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Wool and cotton


Length: 37.5 cm, Width: 36.5 cm, Length: 14.5 in, Width: 14.25 in

Descriptive line

Middle East, Carpet. Carpet fragment, wool knotted pile on cotton foundation, border design of curling saz leaves, Safavid Isfahan, Iran, 1630-1640


Wool; Cotton


Textiles; Floor coverings; Interiors


Middle East Section

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