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Known as “Paradise‑Park" carpet for its large garden motifs with animals and a water fountain in the centre, this elaborate carpet is a masterpiece of Iranian carpet knotting craftsmanship. The expression “Paradise Park” here refers to a particular group of carpets from Iran that specifically combine motifs of lush plants and trees, chasing animals, and birds arranged around a central element, often a medallion with a pool, such as in this example. Due to its large dimensions, fine material, and beautiful and elaborate decoration, this carpet would have been made for members of the Iranian 10th‑century AH/16th -century CE upper class.

 

Carpet known as 'The Schwarzenberg Paradise Park Carpet', Iran, Safavid period,10th century AH/16th century CE, CA.60.2003