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These two fragments, which may or may not be from Plate Thirteen (the Hatvany carpet) as some have postulated, are illustrated here for their superb quality.

The theme of drunken Angels is a constant in carpets of the Safavid period, appearing in its most jovial form in the Yerkes Medallion carpet, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wine drinking and its literary corollary – wine and roses poetry found in carpet inscriptions - was an abiding theme in Persian art with its associations of trance, ecstasy and Guardian Angels.

The famous wine made in the city of Shiraz, Iran is said to have resembled the Spanish Malaga of the 19th century, a sweet dessert wine that was frequently used for the Catholic Sacrament.


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