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NOV-DEC 2018

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refreshment. In short, paradise. Whether palatial or modest in scale, myriad Oriental rugs abound with Islamic garden imagery. One carpet design known as chahar bagh (Persian for quartered garden) shows an aerial view of an enclosed Persian garden. Looking down onto such a rug, one can typically spy dividing bands that represent channels of water as well as rectangular flower beds bordered by trees and more flora. During the summer of 2018, the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited a spectacular and rare variation of the classic chahar bagh style, the Wagner Garden Carpet, a 17 th -century masterpiece woven in Kirman, Iran, and now owned by Scotland's Burrell Collection. "It buzzes with life," writes Sheila Canby, Metropolitan Museum of Art curator in charge of Islamic art. Mirroring a formal walled garden, the Wagner depicts eternal springtime and includes what Canby describes as a dizzying mix of multicolored butterflies and moths, birds, animals, flowers, leafy trees, and gleaming water. It's this sense of abundance that suggests "a delightful, perfumed bower," she explains. RO S E T T E "A rosette is a horizontal cross section of a flower," notes Paige Albright of Paige Albright Orientals in Birmingham, Alabama. Imagine a circular form viewed from above. Fun fact: "When a rosette is surrounded by serrated leaves, it becomes a crab motif," she adds. ABOVE: Rarely exhibited because of its size and sensitivity to light, LACMA's Ardabil Carpet has a sister carpet at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Representing a golden age in Safavid dynasty weaving, they are among the world's most exceptional textiles. OPPOSITE: "The rug is an antique Oushak. My client had it in another house, and it was decided that it would be perfect for her New York apartment," says designer Amelia Handegan. "Rugs like this are a favorite way of adding color and pattern." PA L M E T T E "One of the easiest ways for me to identify floral motifs is to visualize a flower and recall biology class. A palmette is the vertical cross section of a flower and has a fan-like shape," explains Albright. According to Peter F. Stone's book Oriental Rugs, the palmette is based on the lotus flower and its spread petals and is interpreted by weavers in numerous ways. POMEGRANATE A symbol of fertility, the pomegranate tree is common to rugs of Eastern Turkestan, but abstractions of the fruit also appear in Mughal and Chinese carpets, writes Stone. N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | 61 PHOTO BY PIETER ESTERSOHN. ARDABIL CARPET (DETAIL), IRAN, DATED 1539–40, LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, GIFT OF J. PAUL GETTY, PHOTO © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES/LACMA F LO RA L PAT T E R N S

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