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Carpet with trees and animals

Unknown author2nd half of the 16th century

MNAA National Museum of Ancient Art

MNAA National Museum of Ancient Art

An impressively sized piece, originally measuring roughly six meters in length, this magnificent carpet is notable for its sophisticated technical characteristics (6400 knots/dm2) and for the quality of its design, which reveals the influence of a Persian painter. Equally remarkable is the variegated palette of colours that are used: amounting to seventeen in total.
The representation of a rich landscape – inhabited by birds, exotic and mythological animals, trees, shrubs, small leaves, buds and flowers – creates a luxuriant and exotic setting, where the concept of a Persian pleasure garden is combined with that of a royal hunting ground.

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  • Title: Carpet with trees and animals
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 2nd half of the 16th century
  • Location Created: Iran
  • Physical Dimensions: 424.5 cm x 292.5 cm
  • Type: Textiles
  • Rights: MNAA Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, inv. 47 Tap
  • Medium: Wool pile; silk warp and cotton weft

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