Lattice design carpet fragment
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection
Cotton warp; wool and cotton weft; wool pile
H: 3988mm, W: 1016mm
A 17th century Safavid Kirman pile carpet fragment. Uncommonly long and narrow, it is decorated with a single-plane lattice design on a dark blue background. The carpet's lattice structure is made up of long red serrated leaves linked together by round yellow-coloured flowers. The lattice’s compartments each holds a one of a variety of flowering plants, including irises, carnations, narcissi, lotuses and roses; all of which are organised in a directional fashion, giving the carpet design a top and a bottom.
Even though this carpet is a fragment, upon close technical examination of its foundation’s structure, its width was found to be complete, indicating that the carpet was purposefully woven with no left and right borders. However, its top and bottom ends are now missing. The shape of this carpet fragment, especially its narrowness, suggests that it may have been made to cover a specific floor space that required it not to have any conventional borders.
Manufacturing techniques and stylistic analysis
Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944
Beattie, May H., Carpets of Central Persia, London: World of Islam Festival Publishing Company Ltd., 1976: 60.
Noorah Al-Gailani "Lattice design carpet fragment" [db_in_citation_dca] 2019. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;uk;Mus31;5;en
Prepared by: Noorah Al-Gailani
MWNF Working Number: UK1_005