Silks and Carpets for High Society

Safavid Carpet Fragment
Iran, 16th Century
Wool pile
Marshall & Marilyn R. Wolf Collection

This fragment comes from the border of a large and splendid carpet dating from the mid-sixteenth century. The quality of materials and workmanship are of the highest order, and the style is that of the court of the Persian shah, Tahmasp Safavi, who reigned from 1524–76. It was during his reign that the Persian decorative arts reached a pinnacle of excellence, which many consider never ro have been surpassed.