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Lecture | Flower/Power: The Legacy of Persian Carpets

 

Flower/Power: The Legacy of Persian Carpets

A Lecture by Julia Bailey

SUNDAY APRIL, 23 | RECEPTION 2:30PM | LECTURE 3PM

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Most Persian rugs made before the sixteenth century are now lost; our best idea of what they looked like comes from manuscript paintings. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, according to these paintings, rugs generally exhibited small-scale, abstract, geometric designs. But during the sixteenth century, under Safavid rule, carpets gained a new, more naturalistic vocabulary, representing both courtly life on earth and a hoped-for afterlife in a tree- and flower-filled garden paradise.… Read More