Tree & Shrub Cartouche Carpet
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection
Wool warp and weft; wool pile
H: 6121mm, W: 2108mm
Northwest Iran workshop
An 18th century north-west Iranian “tree-and-shrub-cartouche” pile carpet, with a multi-coloured centre-field containing more than fifteen small gardens, one in each of its cartouches. Each of the centre-field’s geometrical cartouches has a different coloured background including red, green, yellow, turquoise and dark blue gardens. The slightly distorted cartouches would have been originally eight-pointed star compartments. Each compartment holds a miniature garden with a variety of flowering shrubs and trees and a small pond or a stream at the foot of the main tree. The carpet is framed by a narrow ivory and dark blue border that contains a repeat arabesque motif.
The multi-garden design of this carpet is inspired by earlier carpets of the “Wagner Garden” carpet type, which is also owned by the Burrell Collection. See carpet no. 9.2.
Manufacturing techniques and stylistic analysis
Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944
Noorah Al-Gailani "Tree & Shrub Cartouche Carpet" [db_in_citation_dca] 2019. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;uk;Mus31;19;en
Prepared by: Noorah Al-Gailani
MWNF Working Number: UK1_019