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 © Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

Name of Object:



Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Holding Museum:

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


Late 19th or early 20th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wool, cotton; asymmetrical knot


391.2cm x 231cm; knot density 4,030 dm2

Period / Dynasty:

Qajar (1779/96–1925)


Iran, Kirman


The field of this knotted-wool carpet is decorated with a prayer niche (mihrab) whose centre features a willow flanked by two pear trees upon which birds are perched. Snakes coil themselves around the branches, while two lions lie at the foot of the trees. Deer on fields of red adorn the upper corners. The cartouches on the side-borders show birds in pear trees, while those on the horizontal borders depict doves or rabbits. The warp and weft yarns are in cotton. The three-millimetre-high wool knots – the rug has 4,030 of them per square decimetre – are asymmetrical. The motifs are in a wide array of colours: pink, red, yellow, green, orange, blue and brown.

How date and origin were established:

Stylistic and comparative analyses

How Object was obtained:

Adaline Van Horne Bequest

Bequeathed in 1944 by Adaline Van Horne, who inherited the textile from her father, William Van Horne, who died in 1915.

Selected bibliography:

Edwards, Arthur Cecil, The Persian Carpet, London: Duckworth, 1953: 205.
Ittig, Annette, Rêves tissés: tapis d’orient de la collection du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal / Woven Dreams: Oriental Carpets from the Collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1994: 52.
Neff, I. C., and C. V. Maggs, Dictionary of Oriental Rugs, Capetown: Ad Donker, 1977: 35‒6.

Citation of this web page:

Shirin Shafiee "Carpet"  [db_in_citation_dca]  2019.;DCA;ca;Mus31;6;en

Prepared by: Shirin Shafiee
Copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: CA1_006