Asian Art

Cover

second half of 18th century

Open weave cotton with silk embroidery

33 1/2 × 35 in. (85.09 × 88.9 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1937.5211
Embroideries such as this example, which was most likely used as a cushion cover, were produced in northwestern Iran (present-day Azerbaijan) during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a period of relative peace and prosperity. The bold, geometric design resembles those of carpets woven in the same region at that time.
Geography: 
Azerbaijan
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Azerbaijani, Islamic
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Textiles
Provenance: 

Arthur Upham Pope (1881–1969) and Phyllis Ackerman (1893–1977) Collection; purchased by Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York, 1936; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1937

Bibliography: 

Jennifer Wearden, “Azerbaijanian Embroideries: A Synthesis of Contrasts,” Hali no. 59 (October 1991): 102–11, fig. 13, 15–16.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.