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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The reputation of the Persian carpet is founded on carpets of the "Herat" School with additional fortification from the Ardabils (recently dealt with elsewhere) and the Hunting Carpets, which as a group comprise the Vienna, Boston and Stockholm examples, (all silk) plus the addition of the Poldi Pezzoli woolen Hunting Carpet.

Another example often cited is the silk Branicki Carpet, Plate Twenty Six, whose present whereabouts are unknown. In fact it's not a Hunting carpet at all, as there are no hunters to be seen, however for convenience it is usually grouped with the others.

The white corner pieces resemble curtains which have been drawn back to reveal a green playground with animal combat depictions and lotus palmettes on a relatively simple scrolling vine layout. In the central medallion, four little bears crouch in terror at the onslaught of four pairs of hyper-aggressive dragons.

The theme of petrified prey is not an unusual one, but its prominence here seems strange. What may its patron have been thinking?

The green field with its constantly changing abrash is unsurpassed in any carpet. The choice of color for the minor borders seems haphazard but the wide strap-work border carries the day well enough with fish and snake-like dragons in lotus palmettes.

The black and white photograph, fig.25, shows at least the first third of the carpet is missing.