• Iranian figurative designs

    Iranian figurative designs


Iranian figurative designs

Iran, 1570-9 CE

During the Safavid period, silk weaving reached the pinnacle of technical achievement in Iran. The silks with figurative designs were among the finest textiles ever woven in the Middle East.

They were produced for the court from the mid 16th century to mid 17th century. The same Safavid artists that illustrated books also created images for textiles.

Only one hundred of these rare textiles now survive. MIA is fortunate enough to have three examples.

The textiles show men and women in flowering gardens. The figures and foliage are cut velvet, while uncut loops of metal-wrapped silk thread add extra sparkle.

Iranian figurative designs