Description & Technical information

This crimson velvet embroidery is adorned with birds and voluptuous flowers. In the borders are undulating vines with heavy leaves and blossoms scroll. In the central field, the lozenge- and leaf-shaped cartouches bear inscriptions in Persian.
The two leaf-shaped cartouches bear the same inscription:
کلید گنج سعادت بدست سلطنت است.
Kilīd-i ganj-i sa’ādat be-dast-i ṣulṭanat ast.
The key of fortune is in the hand of the soverign
The central lozenge-shape cartouche is not fully deciphered. 
Foil-wrapped, silk and coloured cotton threads are used in the embroidery of this textile. The three-dimensional couching of threads combined with the tactile ground fabric creates a richly textured embroidery. 
Comparative material:
Victoria and Albert Museum, London (951-1889); The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. (1977.37.18)
Bier, Carol. Woven from the Soul, Spun from the Heart : Textile Arts of Safavid and Qajar Iran, 16th-19th Centuries. Washington, D.C: Textile Museum, 1987.

Stock No.: A5295

Period:  19th century
Origin:  Qajar Iran
Dimensions: 83.5 x 138 cm (32⁷/₈ x 54³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Provenance: From the collection of the Countess Amalia Canonica, from the beginning of 20th century; by inheritance.

Categories: Textiles