Plate One

Plate Three & Four

Plate Eight

Plate Ten

Plate Twelve

Plate Fourteen

Plate Sixteen & Seventeen

Plate Nineteen

Plate Twenty-One

Plate Twenty-Three

Plate Twenty-Six

Plate Twenty-Eight

Plate Thirty
Plate Two

Plate Five, Six & Seven

Plate Nine

Plate Eleven

Plate Thirteen

Plate Fifteen

Plate Eighteen

Plate Twenty

Plate Twenty-Two

Plate Twenty-Four

Plate Twenty-Seven

Plate Twenty-Nine

Plate Thirty-One & Thirty-Two


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We have no examples of Timurid carpets but these two fragments, Plates One and Two that were originally from the same carpet, show us what they might have looked like. Both of them were once in the possession of F.R. Martin, whose lavish publication on early carpets, “A History of Oriental Carpets before 1800”, remains the seminal published work in this area. Since publication in 1908 this large, oversized book has been a rare collector's item and the wonderful reproductions still to this day remain unsurpassed. The text accompanying these illustrations, while somewhat dated in parts, nevertheless remains valuable for anyone wishing to study the early Imperial Court Carpets of Persia, as well as those from Turkey.

At the turn of the 16th century, Safavid designers discarded the idea of the earlier Timurid design layout described in the introduction to our exhibition in favor of a more sophisticated style. From then on what can be called the Safavid style dominated the art of carpet making in Persia.