Garden Carpet
portion of rug © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1957.137
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Garden Carpet
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
rug
Date
c. 1800
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Period
Safavid period
Culture
Persian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Knotted wool pile on cotton warp and weft
Dimensions
H. 685.8 x W. 243.84 cm (270 x 96 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Joseph V. McMullan
Accession Year
1957
Object Number
1957.137
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Formal design with streams, fish, trees and shrubs motif.
Publication History

Daniel S. Walker, Oriental Rugs of the Hajji Babas, exh. cat., Asia Society (New York, NY, 1982), fig. 20

Sheila Blair, ed., Images of Paradise In Islamic Art, exh. cat., University of Tennessee Press (Austin, TX, 1991), page 98/figure 34

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 87

Ami Ronnberg and Kathleen Martin, ed., The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images, Taschen GmbH and Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (Cologne, Germany, 2010), pp. 594-595, ill. 1.

Exhibition History

The Here and the Hereafter: Images of Paradise in Islamic Art, University Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, 01/22/1992 - 03/29/1992; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, 03/16/1991 - 05/26/1991; Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Springfield, 04/26/1992 - 06/21/1992; Asia Society Galleries, New York, 06/27/1991 - 09/06/1991; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, 09/26/1991 - 12/15/1991

Earthly Paradise: Gardens in Islamic Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/08/1993 - 08/22/1993

Courts and Countryside: Islamic Paintings from the 14th through the 17th century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/21/1999 - 08/22/1999

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted