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Arts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets

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A large Safavid voided silk velvet panel, Persia, 18th century
possibly a floorspread, the cut and voided velvet with repeat pattern of seated turbaned figures between a cypress tree and stylised tree containing facing birds, the border with stylised floral and stem motif, on modern stretcher 
170 by 120cm. mounted
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Exhibited

label attached to reverse: International Exhibition of Persian Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 7 January - 7 March, 1931, no.MR 15.

Catalogue Note

The schematic depictions of the figures on the present panel derive from book illustration and show what an important source this was for the Safavid weavers. High quality velvets of the period are rare, see, for example, a velvet in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, inv. no. 52.20.11 from the mid-sixteenth century. For a further conversation on Safavid textile production, see N.H. Munroe, Silk Textiles from Safavid Iran, 1501–1722, Department of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012 (https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/safa_3/hd_safa_3.htm). 

Arts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets

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London