At least some of the well-known Tabriz medallion
carpets must be from the beginning of the 16th century. Their
rough-hewn grandeur has never been surpassed. Leading on, and
perhaps descended from the compartment/cartouche design, is
this Tabriz carpet, illustrated as Plate Nine.
Here the compartment/cartouche design has been
transposed onto a large medallion carpet scheme usually attributed
to Tabriz . There are said to be a further seven examples of
this group, all of them with rigid strap-work borders. Although
much simplified and more coarsely knotted than Plates Five and
Six, the combination of quiet repose and large size, 10 feet
by 23 feet, lends them an epic quality characterized by what
is known as the "Turkoman-Timurid Style".