Oriental Rugs Dictionary

Garden Carpet

Carpets with rectangular components containing floral motifs. The earliest of such carpets from the 17 Century represented Safavid gardens. Their compartments are elaboration of Chahar Bag, the quartered garden. The compartments are delineated by rectangular water courses, often containing fish and water fowl. There are rectangular pools or reservoirs at major intersections of the channels. Early garden carpet designs are highly variable, but a group of consistent designs is attributed to Kurdistan of about 1800.