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Polonaise carpet

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Made in the carpet workshops of Shah Abbas I (ruled 1588 - 1629) and his successors, sumptuous silk -and-metal rugs like this one were used at court, donated to religious buildings, or sent off to European royalty. Nineteenth -century writers, confused by the heraldic designs woven into some of...

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Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection


Persian, Safavid Dynasty, probably early 17th century

Object Place

Isfahan or Kashan, Iran (Persia)


204.0 x 139 cm (80 5/16 x 54 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton warp, cotton weft, silk pile, silver- and gilt-silver-wrapped silk brocading


Textiles and Fashion Arts