Indo-Persian carpet


17th century

Object Place: probably Isfahan, Persia


202 x 141 cm (79 1/2 x 55 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton warp, cotton weft, wool pile, asymmetrical knot

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Among the most esteemed oriental carpets in seventeenth-century northern Europe were those that featured Chinese-derived cloudbands and leaf-like forms called palmettes on crimson fields. Painters depicted these expensive carpets draped over tables or spred on floors under the feet of royalty.

The name “Indo-Persian” reflects a lack of consensus among scholars, who still argue about where in India or Iran such carpets were made. Because the structure and color of this carpet are typical of Persian rather than Indian rugs, it is assigned to Iran. Its centralized design is exceptionally harmonious and elegant.

Field: madder rose ground with polychrome stylized blossoms, leaves, and cloudbands symmetrically disposed. Narrow blue-and-yellow guard band separates this from dark blue border showing units of a blossom between pairs of serrated leaves. Yellow-and-blue outer guard band, showing small black or white rosettes. Black pile and some white pile corroded. Side edges overcast with rose wool yarns.


By 1966, John Goelet, Ambainville (Oise) France; 1966, gift of Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1966)

Credit Line

Gift of John Goelet