The National Museum of Art of Romania
Second half of the 19th century
Wool warp, cotton weft; kilim weave
H: 182cm, W: 130cm
Northwestern Iran, Senneh
Delicate colouring and fine weave account for the widespread popularity of the kilims produced in Senneh (Sanandaj), the capital of the Kurdistan province in northwestern Iran. Those dating from the second half of the 19th century were probably made in urban workshops, and were destined to cater to a demanding clientele. Their predominantly floral patterns recall the ornamental repertoire of knotted carpets produced in the same area, but are also reminiscent of the Qajar embroideries. The design usually involves a central medallion surrounded by tiny floral motifs; other Senneh kilims, such as the present one, feature a central field decorated with herati-type patterns – rosettes inscribed in lozenges encircled by lancet-shaped leaves.
Purchased; formerly in the Dr Iosif N. Dona Collection
Dunca, Mircea, Islamic Art at the National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest: Muzeul Naţional de Artă al României, 2015: no. 11.
Mircea Dunca "Kilim" [db_in_citation_dca] 2019. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;rm;Mus31;13;en
Prepared by: Mircea Dunca
Translation by: Victoria Gheorghita
Translation copyedited by: Mandi Gomez
MWNF Working Number: RO1_013