Persian or Caucasian
first half of the 18th century
Object Place: Northwestern Iran (Persia) or Caucasus
164.0 x 135 cm (64 9/16 x 53 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk surface-darning on cotton plain weave
Not On View
The bold, craggy plant forms and forthright colors of embroideries like this suggest a kinship to dragon carpets. No one has pin-pointed where such embroideries were made, but these beautiful textiles seem to have provided a design link between dragon carpets and later rugs from the Caucasus.
Cotton embroidered with polychrome silk yarns. Geometric design with large central octagon framed by four stylized white leaves; yellow lozenges at top and bottom containing leafy branches; red octagon containing blue blossoms at each corner. Color strong, condition good except for black yarns, which have rotted out in patches.
Given to the MFA by Elizabeth Day McCormick in 1943
The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection