A legend has grown up that this
carpet, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of
Art in New York (its twin in the collection of the Vienna Museum
of Applied Arts), were both presented to the Hapsburg Emperor
Leopold I by Czar Peter the Great on a state visit in 1698.
The famous Vienna silk Hunting carpet is also said to have been
part of the same imperial gift, figure 20. In order to weave
this carpet a cartoon of one complete half must have been prepared
and, at the beginning, could have been used upside down. It
has been proposed that the designs on some very complicated
Safavid carpets may have been drawn directly onto the warps
but this would have entailed drawing the pattern anew each time
a process that, in the end, would have been even more time consuming.