Kashan - inv. 424
This carpet belongs to the series of large carpets with the representation of the paradise, where real animals (as tigers) and fantastic ones (as dragons) live in a park with trees, beautiful flowers and angelic creatures.
The blue border contains an inscription praising the exceptional quality of the carpet and saying it was made for a king, “the Darius of the world”, probably the Safavid shah Tahmasp I, the main border with a light green ground, presents a motif with palmettes alternating with paired sickle-shaped leaves enclosing flowers and animals.
For technical similarities the carpet is now attributed to the same royal manufactures of central Persia, where were produced the famous Ardebil carpets made for the Shah Tamasp I.
The carpet was acquired by Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli in 1855. It is considered one of the masterpieces of Persian textile art, still maintaining its original bright colours.
The carpet is on show only temporarily.