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Dragon Rug

Artist/maker unknown, Iranian, Persian, Kurdistan?

Made in Iran, Asia
Possibly made in Kurdistan, Asia

18th century

Wool and cotton

19 feet 2 inches x 6 feet 10 inches (584.2 x 208.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 206, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

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Credit Line:
The Joseph Lees Williams Memorial Collection, 1955

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This is the only known dragon rug that has been knotted in the Persian manner. The last twelve inches of the carpet, woven in the opposite direction from the rest of its length, is also an unusual structural feature. This may be because the weaver was migratory and had to remove the carpet from the loom in order to move. When the weaving resumed, the rug was mounted on the loom in the opposite direction.

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