Known as the Paris-Cracow carpet, Plate Eleven is the
lower half of a piece now divided between museums in Paris and Cracow,
Poland. It's said to have been taken as war booty at the battle of
Parkany in 1683 and then given to Cracow Cathedral. Being too large
for the altar it was cut up and the other half sold.
That piece later entered the Musee des Arts Decoratifs
in Paris, France as a gift of Jules Maciet in 1903. This museum also
has a wonderful collection of early carpets, which unfortunately are
not often on public view.
It is woven with an all-silk foundation.