This striking fragment appears to derive its design from a group of earlier carpets ascribed to Tabriz, although on examination, the knotting suggests a Northeast Persian attribution is possible for this piece. Classical Khorossan carpets often display designs derived from earlier courtly examples. There is another fragment of this same carpet in the Düsseldorf Kunstmuseum, published Concaro & Levi (1999), no.51, p.74.
For complete examples of the Tabriz medallion carpets see the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, or the carpet formerly in the Christopher Alexander Collection, sold Sotheby's London, 7 November 2017, lot 89. The most similar, in terms of cartoon, is in the MAK, Vienna, see Völker (2001), Vienna, pp. 256 & 257, pl. 90.
Concaro & Levi (1999): Concaro, E., & Levi. A., Sovrani Tappeti, exhibition catalogue, Milan, 1999, no.51, p.74
Völker (2001): Völker, A., Die orientalischen Knüpfteppiche im MAK, 2001, Vienna, pp. 256 & 257, pl. 90
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