Border fragment of a carpet


Persian, "Herat group"
Safavid Dynasty
late 16th century

Object Place: Iran (Central or Eastern)


36 x 123 cm (14 3/16 x 48 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk warp, silk weft, wool knotted pile, silver-wrapped silk brocading

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Richly colored palmettes, brightened with silver brocading, dominate this border fragment of a now-lost carpet, which probably had a crimson field filled with vegetation, birds, and scrolling vines.

Warp, silk; weft, silk; pile, wool; 81 Persian (Sehna) knots to a square centimeter. The ground of the main border is dark green; that of the guard band is light blue and light red. The design of palmettes, leaves, and five-petaled flowers is of deep yellow, golden brown, blue, red, green, white, and silver.


Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection