The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.
The Metropolitan’s collection of Islamic art, which ranges in date from the seventh to the nineteenth century, reflects the great diversity and range of Islamic culture from as far westward as Spain and Morocco and as far eastward as Central Asia, India, and Southeast Asia. The collection includes some of the finest Islamic carpets in existence.
Kashan Silk Carpet
Iran (probably Kashan), 16th century
Silk (warp, weft, and pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 14.40.724
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