A study collection of Safavid and Qajar textile fragments Persia, 17th-19th Century
A collection of silk, velvet and woven fragments laid down on card the largest 51 x 32 cm.(45)
Provenance: formerly in the Kevorkian Collection.
The textiles in this lot demonstrate the diversity and skill of the textile industry in Persia. Produced as luxury items for the local court and as easily transportable wares by mercantile traders, textiles were an important part of Safavid and Qajar society. Travel journals describe Kashan, Yazd, Isfahan and Tabriz at the centres of the silk industry. Sir Thomas Herbert, in his Travels in Persia, 1627-1629, exclaimed: "here are full manufactures of silks, satins and cloth of gold curiously wrought and coloured, no better in the world" (quoted in Carol Bier (ed.), Woven from the Soul, Spun from the Heart: Textile Arts of Safavid and Qajar Persia 16th-19th Centuries, Washington D.C., 1987, p. 21).