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Photograph: Costin Miroi, Marius Preda,  © Muzeul Naţional de Artă al României

Name of Object:



Bucharest, Romania

Holding Museum:

The National Museum of Art of Romania


Second half of the 19th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:

113502/ 1041

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wool warp, cotton weft; kilim weave


H: 182cm, W: 130cm

Period / Dynasty:



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.

How date and origin were established:

Stylistic analysis

How Object was obtained:

Purchased; formerly in the Dr Iosif N. Dona Collection

Selected bibliography:

Dunca, Mircea, Islamic Art at the National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest: Muzeul Naţional de Artă al României, 2015: no. 11.

Citation of this web page:

Mircea Dunca "Kilim"  [db_in_citation_dca]  2019.;DCA;rm;Mus31;13;en

Prepared by: Mircea Dunca
Translation by: Victoria Gheorghita
Translation copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: RO1_013

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