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“Vase carpet”
Inv. no. T. 70
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It has been considered by some experts that the so-called “Vase carpets” are among the most perfect design product of Persian carpets being usually assigned to Kirman.

History of the Object
These types of carpets, called “Vase carpets”, totally decorated with flowers and stems usually present in their fields decorative elements like (chinese?) ceramic vases with flowers normally distributed along the central axis of the field. The floral decoration with rich colours is part of a very well organized decorative pattern with interlacing stems all over the field. The floral motifs are also found in the decoration of tiles deriving also from decorative patterns of 16th century figurative silks. Besides the decorative characteristics, these carpets present special technical ones. In fact, the “vase technique carpets” have cotton warps, three wefts between each row of knots, the first and third being of wool and the second of silk or cotton.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Cotton warps, cotton and wool wefts, wool pile 
Measurements
Width 434 cm Height 183 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Iran; Kirman 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; early 17th century. Safavid period  
Function
Decorative object 
Acquisition
Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian from Isbirian, Paris in November 1928. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation  
Museum
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 
Credit line
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 

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