Tabriz - inv. d.t. 1
The carpet has the traditional medallion pattern with four corner motifs set on a dark blue ground. The medallion has sixteen pendants and a red ground with bird motifs and cloud ribbons (a curvilinear motif of Chinese origin) entwined on a grid of flowers. At the centre of the medallion is an inscription that translates thus: 'By the labours of Ghyas el Din Jami this renowned work was brought to such a splendid conclusion in the year 949'. There is some debate about this date, however. The second figure is flawed, and may be read as either a '2' or a '4', meaning that the piece's date may be the year 929 of Hegira (1522-23), or 949 (1542-43), a date that is more plausible with the carpet's style.
The field displays several hunting scenes showing men on horseback armed with bows, wild and imaginary animals, and birds. The scene is a symbolic representation of the Garden of Eden, the fighting animals representing the eternal struggle between Good and Evil.
The carpet is composed of a number of large fragments, with the missing parts in tapestry weaving, presumably made in Florence in the last quarter of the 19th century. One of the lost fragments (48x135 cm), donated by Alessandro Bruschettini in 2008, has been sewn in its original position.