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Fragment of a vase carpet

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This fragment was once the upper right corner of a vase carpet with spectacular palmette-and-split-leaf borders. At least eight similiar fragments remain in European museums--enough to suggest the existance of an identical pair of carpets. An Egyptian private collector lent this fragment to the...

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An Egyptian private collector lent this fragment to the 1931 International Exhibition of Persian Art in London. By 1937, Edward Jackson Holmes (1873 - 1950), a trustee and former director of the MFA and an eminent collector, had acquired it. Mr. and Mrs.(Mary Stacy Beaman) Holmes (1875-1964) lent it to the MFA Oct. 16, 1937; it was returned Dec. 18, 1941; relent Oct. 23, 1957, and bequeathed by Mrs. Holmes Dec. 9, 1964, bequeathed it in 1964.

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes


Persian, Safavid Dynasty, 17th century

Object Place

Kirman, Iran (Persia)


207.0 x 94.9 cm (81 1/2 x 37 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton warp, one cotton and two wool wefts, wool pile


Textiles and Fashion Arts