I have focused on the
court carpets of the 16th century but it occurred to me
that there are other rugs to study. Over a period of time
I will collect images of these rugs that appear in
miniatures. I have decided to call them "Ordinary
Rugs". Since they may be tribal, village or city
rugs I wanted a term to differentiate them from rugs that
are obviously produced at the court workshops.
||Detail - The sleep of
Rustam, by Sultan Muhammad, Tabriz circa
This is a beautifully executed but
rather typical portrayal of Rustam. He is
normally show in tiger stripes with a big cat
head headdress. This miniature is especially
interesting because of the Jajim
that Rustam is sleeping on.
Please note the Turkmen
boot that Rustam is wearing. In 15th and 16th
century art Turkmen boots have a heel and
Persians wore flats.
Ordinary Rugs of
the 15th and 16th century - La
Miniature En Orient