Textiles

There exists a rich variety of fabrics in the Poldi Pezzoli's collection: carpets, tappestries, textiles, laces and fans.

A group of twelve carpets from Persian, Egyptian and Anatolian courts is of particular significance, as many of them are extremely rare and of high value and quality.
Alongside the famous "Hunting" carpet (1542-42), clearly the most precious item in the collection, the "Carpet of the Tigers" is particularly noteworthy, this having been manufactured in central Persia during the Sixteenth century. It bears a long inscription on the inner side that indicates that the carpet once belonged to the Persian Shah.
The antique fabrics produced between the Fourteenth and the Nineteenth centuries constitute a second sub-grouping, which includes one hundred and eighty pieces.
Among these, the collection of the hundred and eighty textiles, the Renaissance velvets and other liturgical vestments from the late Fourteenth century are particularly significant. Specifically, an antependium called "Of the small Doves", and a black velvet piece with a central embroidery representing Christ.
Finally, a group of Coptic fabrics executed between the Fourth and the Eleventh centuries entered the museum collection as a part of a generous bequest received following Gian Giacomo's death. The lacework collection was also acquired in this manner, its pieces mainly of Lombard origin, though a small group of Flemish work from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries and the latest collection of fans is also included.