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Islamic Carpet made in Safavid Iran

Qazvin Carpet ("Salting Carpet")


This carpet called the Qazvin Carpet (also known as the "Salting Carpet") was made in late-sixteenth century Safavid Iran likely in a royal atelier. The carpet was meant to be used with an outdoor garden space and it's intricately designed floral field and poetry woven into the margins are evidence of the nature of its use as a sensorial object meant to be sat upon but also touched, read, and gazed at. This carpet is in the collection of Victoria and Albert Museum in London today. You can learn more about this carpet at the V&A website.

This source is a part of the Early Modern Islamic Carpets as Transcultural Objects teaching module.

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"Islamic Carpet made in Safavid Iran," in World History Commons, [accessed October 3, 2022]