"Rasht" inlaid hanging

Qajar Dynasty
19th or early 20th century

Object Place: Northwestern Iran (Rasht)


92 x 166 cm (36 1/4 x 65 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool, silk, and metal-wrapped silk; wool flannel ground and inlays; wool, silk, and metal-wrapped silk embroidery in chain and satin stitches; couched metal-wrapped yarn

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Cover. A central lobed ogival compartment, containing a sun with female facial features surrounded by repeating bird and blossom motives, flanked on four sides by similar small compartments containing the head and shoulders of a woman, with similar features, flanked by Persian inscriptions. Surrounded by curving and undulating floral stalks with birds, filling the field. Border with a repeating simple round blossom and stalk motif. Inlaid pieces of polychrome wool cloth with embroidered details in polychrome wool and metallic yarns. Good condition.


Persian inscriptions


1943, gift of Elizabeth Day McCormick (b. 1873 - d. 1957), Chicago, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 14, 1943)

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection