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“Medallion carpet”
Inv. no. T. 97
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Belonging to a group of which it might be considered one of the best (it has a field in a rare green colour). The carpet has most probably been woven in a royal workshop. It is also the oldest carpet in the Gulbenkian Collection.

History of the Object
It is said that this carpet might be associated with Emperor Charles V having belonged to the Imperial House of Austria. The carpet with its rich polychromy presents a central medallion in the shape of a sixteen-point star, decorated with a rosette, stars, small flowers and birds, while the green field is covered with vine leaf scrolls, arabesques and a range of floral decorations. The four corners of the field have quarter medallions also decorated with small birds. The border has an undulating frieze and large palm leaves.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Cotton warps and wefts, wool pile 
Measurements
Width 530 cm Height 222 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Iran; Tabriz(?) 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 16th century 
Creation date
16th Century; 1st half of 16th century, Safavid period 
Function
Decorative object 
Acquisition
It was acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian in the Hague in 1935 at Galerie Bachstitz. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 
Museum
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 
Credit line
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 

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