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"Garden" rug, NW Iran, 17th century. 380 x 920 cm,
al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
published at ORIENTAL
RUGS ANTIQUE AND MODERN BY WALTER A. HAWLEY
Colour Plate VI. Persian Garden Carpet
This carpet and the one at the Naesby House, Sweden, which it resembles in pattern but not in colouring, are, so far as known, the only complete carpets of this type. The Naesby carpet has been assigned to the middle of the XVIII. Century; this is undoubtedly much older.
A 16TH CENTURY PERSIAN ROYAL “GARDEN” CARPET
(Reputed to have been made for Shah ’Abbās for Sefavi Palace.) Date 1587-1628.
31 ft. 0 in. x 12 ft. 3 in.
Statement of the owner
ORIGINALLY IMPORTED BY VINCENT ROBINSON & CO., LTD., LONDON.
The pattern represents a Persian garden divided into four sections by two intersecting streams, which are bordered by rows of cypress trees, alternating with bushes on which are birds. These sections are similarly divided by smaller streams, that meet at the four pavilions of each side, into plots containing trees and flowering bushes. Four peacocks rest above the central basin. The colours are harmonious, and show the mellowing influence of time.