V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Floral fantasies

Like the Ottomans, the Safavids inherited a tradition of symmetrical scrollwork designs set with fantastic blossoms. They used them with impressive skill. On the Ardabil carpet, two designs of this type, one laid over the other, cover the vast, dark-blue field of the carpet. A simpler example is offered by the central design on the blue silk hanging. The flowerheads in the borders show the new floral motifs that were imported from India after 1600.

Ardabil carpet (detail)
Dated 1539-40
Museum No. 272-1893

Ardabil carpet (detail)