Three further examples show the incredible
finesse achieved in the Red ground Arabesque group that are
ascribed to east Persia.
Two them have cartouche borders,
and the first, Plate Twenty Three, again has paired birds in
the field and animal combat scenes in the border. The carpet
is somewhat misshapen, a feature that is unusual in manufactory
Originally in the collection of
Joseph MacMullan, who was perhaps the most noted American carpet
collector of the mid-20th century, Plate Twenty Three is now
in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York with a number of
other pieces from his collection.
can be described as a two-plane scrolling vine carpet
with arabesque loops, lotus palmettes and a triple cartouche
border. A border of this type, figure 23, was once attached
to Plate Thirteen, the Hatvany fragment, and, in a more
simplified form, graces Plate Fifteen, the Morosoni Carpet
that was presented to the Doge of Venice by Shah Sulaiman
in 1688. That piece is now in Saudi Arabia.