Hunting Carpet

Hunting Carpet

Throughout the intricate floral setting of the field, horse riders and animal motifs in many forms are elaborately interspersed. In this regard, hunters on the horseback pursue the runaway animals, some of which have turned against the hunters and are engaged in duelling. Such scenes patterned in symmetrical fashion are distinguishable in the upper and lower parts of the field. Khatayi motifs, large and small in size, with buds and feathery leaves are tightly scattered throughout the field. The large sixteen-pointed medallion, the quarters of which reappear in each corner piece, is elegantly trimmed with khatayi motifs and birds flanked by cloud bands. Furthermore, on the central cartouche, inlaid on the heart of the medallion, a poetically rendered inscription reads:

“By the effort of Ghiyas Al-Din Jami”  “This famous work of art ended elegantly “

Lachaks, which are a quarter of toranj, are located at each corner of the field. Nestled on the ground of the wide border is a neat row of small medallions cuddled by wide undulating islimi bands embossed with flowers and birds. In tune with the standard practice of Safavid craftsmanship, all the narrow borders in this piece are illuminated differently. This piece is one of the oldest derived evidence of the carpets carrying dating inscription, which the figures 949(1543) or 929(1523) can be seen

Related Description

Origin: Isfahan, the second half of 15th century

Collection: Museo Poldi-Pezzoli, Milan

Design: Lachak toranj with hunting scene

Knot type: Asymmetric

Dimensions: 690 x 360 cm

Raj: 40

Knots per 10 cm (width): 62

Knots per 10 cm (length): 66

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