Cover or hanging with hunting and poetic scenes

"Caspian" embroidery

Safavid Dynasty
First half of 18th century

Object Place: Northwestern Iran (Azerbaijan)


79 x 118 cm (31 1/8 x 46 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and silk; cotton plain weave embroidered with silk; surface darning and running stitch

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Cotton gauze embroidered with many colored silks which completely cover the ground. In a central medallion are two horsemen separated by a tree on a crimson ground. The branches of the tree are black, the flowers and leaves, yellow, blue, and green. One horse is black, one yellow, and the costumes are embroidered with yellow, green, blue, and orange. At each end are two smaller medallions with designs of mounted hunters attacking leopards (?) on brilliant blue grounds. In the intervening spaces, on a black ground, are human figures and animals. A border of conventionalized leaves and flowers on a crimson ground surrounds the whole.


Gift of Denman Waldo Ross to MFA, November 6, 1924.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection