Oriental Rugs Dictionary

Leopard I Carpets

A pair of 16 Century Persian carpets given to the Austrian Emperor, Leopard I, by Peter the Great of Russia. The field is red and filled with animals in combat, cloud bands, blossoms and palmetts. The inner minor order contains lines from a poem. The knot density is 320 asymmetric knots per Sq. Inch. Warps are cotton and the wefts are silk. The size of the carpets is Apx. 11-6x24-4 Ft. One carpet is in Vienna and the other at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.