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Museum of Islamic Art
Hegira 9th century / AD 15th century
Central Asia or India
The pile of this carpet is worked in silk, and the endless-repeat pattern of the field is based on the design of Chinese silk textiles of the fourteenth century. Other features are similar to Turkish and Iranian carpet designs. Thus questions arise as to where it was woven. The presence of small squares laid out in the manner of the chess board has given rise to much speculation. Possibly this feature of the carpet was designed for the purpose of the chess or some similar game of the period.
"Carpet" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;qt;Mus21;13;en
MWNF Working Number: QT 13