c1650 Persian Safavid Loom Woven Silk Panel


A fine early piece of Persian Safavid segment of wool and silk panel, dating from the 17th century that has been mounted, framed and glazed.

The panel features an interlocking pattern of Islamic stylised flowers and foliage produced in the seventeenth century feature a soft palette of pistachio green and saffron orange that was highly susceptible to fading, with highlights in black. The design repeats itself, which is a challenge, confronting textile designers, in the planning phases of the design, and indicates great skill when executed as flawlessly as in this panel. This work achieved popularity and status in Europe.

Safavid textiles are praised as the pinnacle of Iranian loom weaving. When the Safavids came to power at the turn of the sixteenth century, the Iranian textile industry was already well developed in the production and sale of woven silk textiles and rugs as well as raw silk for export. The textile industry consisted of urban workshops producing textiles independently, provincial centres focusing on rug weaving, and small farms cultivating silk in the Caspian region. As the Safavids set up their capital cities of Tabriz, Qazvin, and finally Isfahan, the textile industry became centralized and was swiftly incorporated into the national economy, creating an expansive revenue stream.

Size panel: 33.5 x 15 cm (13 ΒΌ x 6 inches)
Size frame: 41.5 x 23 x 1.5 cm (16 x 9 x 9/16 inches)
Weight: 795 g