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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At least some of the well-known Tabriz medallion carpets must be from the beginning of the 16th century. Their rough-hewn grandeur has never been surpassed. Leading on, and perhaps descended from the compartment/cartouche design, is this Tabriz carpet, illustrated as Plate Nine.

Here the compartment/cartouche design has been transposed onto a large medallion carpet scheme usually attributed to Tabriz . There are said to be a further seven examples of this group, all of them with rigid strap-work borders. Although much simplified and more coarsely knotted than Plates Five and Six, the combination of quiet repose and large size, 10 feet by 23 feet, lends them an epic quality characterized by what is known as the "Turkoman-Timurid Style".