Joshagan Diamond Design Carpet
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection
Cotton warp and weft; wool pile
H: 3912mm, W: 1829mm
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.
Manufacturing techniques and stylistic analysis
Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944
Noorah Al-Gailani "Joshagan Diamond Design Carpet" [db_in_citation_dca] 2019. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;uk;Mus31;16;en
Prepared by: Noorah Al-Gailani
MWNF Working Number: UK1_016