portion of rug © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unknown Artist
Garden Carpet
Textile Arts
Work Type
c. 1800
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Safavid period
Physical Descriptions
Knotted wool pile on cotton warp and weft
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
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Formal design with streams, fish, trees and shrubs motif.
Publication History

Joseph V. McMullan, Islamic Carpets (New York, 1965)

David Sylvester, Islamic Carpets from the Collection of Joseph V. McMullan, exh. cat. (Arts Council of Great Britain, London, 1972), p. 40, cat. no. 29, pl. IX

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), p. 98, fig. 34

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, 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, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, 03/16/1991 - 05/26/1991; Asia Society Galleries, New York, 06/27/1991 - 09/06/1991; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, 09/26/1991 - 12/15/1991; University Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, 01/22/1992 - 03/29/1992; Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Springfield, 04/26/1992 - 06/21/1992

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

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