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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Plate Ten was once in the possession of the Swedish carpet savant and author F.R. Martin. It is more traditional in style with an allover spiral vine and elements in the field and border modeled directly after carpets seen in Timurid book illustrations.

There seems to be a 50-100 year hiatus between these Timurid illustrations, their bookbindings and the appearance of these carpets at the beginning of the 16th century. Since it is a simple step to transfer this design concept from a book binding to a carpet surface and the question is: Why did it take so long?

Most of the examples in this group are very large, sometimes up to 40 feet long.