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 © Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection © Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection © Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection

Name of Object:

Joshagan Diamond Design Carpet


Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Holding Museum:

Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection


18th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Cotton warp and weft; wool pile


H: 3912mm, W: 1829mm

Period / Dynasty:


Workshop / Movement:

Joshagan workshop


Iran, Joshagan


An 18th century Joshagan diamond-lozenge design pile carpet. It’s predominantly wine-red centre-field design is placed on an ivory coloured background, and its equally red border design is placed on a dark blue background. The centre-field is dominated by a large diamond-shaped medallion filled with a multi-coloured vegetal Arabesque pattern. The surrounding field is filled with rows of small square compartments set on the diagonal, with each compartment holding a geometric floral form laid out symmetrically. These multi-coloured floral forms are predominantly wine-red and pink in colour with blue, yellow and green details. The dark-blue border holds a chain of geometric arabesque pattern formed of eight-pointed-stars, with each star holding a floral motif.

Joshagan carpets are distinguished in their lozenge designs, where rows of small square lozenges are laid out on the diagonal exemplified by this carpet.

How date and origin were established:

Manufacturing techniques and stylistic analysis

How Object was obtained:

Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944

How provenance was established:

Stylistic analysis

Citation of this web page:

Noorah Al-Gailani "Joshagan Diamond Design Carpet"  [db_in_citation_dca]  2019.;DCA;uk;Mus31;16;en

Prepared by: Noorah Al-Gailani

MWNF Working Number: UK1_016

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