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Posted on: August 14, 2017

Carpets for Kings: 6 Master Pieces of Iranian Weaving

This incredible exhibit is on view at the MET until August 27th! Read a little more about it here.

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The six carpets exhibited are considered masterpiece weavings both for the excellence of their design and the high quality of their execution. They date from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. All but one were produced in royal workshops. While Iranian weavers have been creating pile carpets for centuries, new and complex techniques and designs were developed under the Safavid dynasty in the sixteenth century.

Features introduced included central medallions surrounded by scenes of animal combat, vine scrolls, and blossoms. Boarders with different patterns in the upper and lower sections.

Despite the artistic significance of these carpets, they have not been on display for decades due to their condition. thanks to Noruz at The Met and the Iranian American community, the carpets have all been conserved by The Met’s textile conservation department over the past two years!

Here are just two of the beautiful carpets on display. You can view the rest at the exhibit or on The Met website!

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Iran, Kashan or Isfahan,
Safavid period (1501-1722), first half 17th century
Silk, metal-wrapped thread; tapestry weave

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Iran, Kashan or Isfahan,
Safavid period (1501-1722),
late 16th-early 17th century
Silk, metal-wrapped thread; tapestry weave