Caucasus, Carpet with Harshang Pattern, about 1800. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 146 x 79.5 in. Neusteter Textile Collection at the Denver Art Museum: Anonymous Bequest, 1986.122. Photography by Eric Stephenson, courtesy Denver Art Museum

Rugged Beauty

Antique Carpets from Western Asia

Caucasus, Carpet with Harshang Pattern, about 1800. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 146 x 79.5 in. Neusteter Textile Collection at the Denver Art Museum: Anonymous Bequest, 1986.122. Photography by Eric Stephenson, courtesy Denver Art Museum

Caucaus, Dragon Rug, 1700s. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 144 x 73 in. The Textile Museum Collection, Washington DC, R36.1.2: Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1923. Photography by Breton Littlehales.

Turkey, Ladik Prayer Rug, 1834-35. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 88 x 53 in. Collection of Richard and Jackie Geist.

Heriz or Tabriz, Northwest Iran, Fantasy Animal Carpet with Poem (Vaq Vaq Carpet), about 1880. Hand-knotted silk pile; silk warp and weft; 196 x 146.75 in. Neusteter Textile Collection at the Denver Art Museum: Gift of James E. Stokes and Mrs. Donald Magarrell, 1956.38. Photography by Eric Stephenson, courtesy Denver Art Museum

Iran, Ferahan Rug, about 1875. Hand-knotted wool pile; cotton warp and weft; 121 x 141 in. Neusteter Textile Collection at the Denver Art Museum: 1981 Collectors’ Choice Benefit Fund, 1981.315. Photography by Eric Stephenson, courtesy Denver Art Museum

Caucasus, Carpet with Harshang Pattern, about 1800. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 146 x 79.5 in. Neusteter Textile Collection at the Denver Art Museum: Anonymous Bequest, 1986.122. Photography by Eric Stephenson, courtesy Denver Art Museum

Anatolia, Medallion Carpet with Depictions of Jewelry Pendants, late 1700s–early 1800s. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 97 x 64 in. Saint Louis Art Museum: Gift of James F. Ballard, 88:1929

Turkey, Large Fragmentary Ushak Quatrefoil Carpet, 1500s. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 124 x 90 in. Saint Louis Art Museum: Gift of James F. Ballard, 98:1929

Kerman Province, Iran, Vase Technique Carpet, 1600s. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 136 x 58 in. Saint Louis Art Museum: Gift of Nellie Ballard White, 285:1972.

Northwest Iran, Star Medallion Rug, about 1500. Hand-knotted wool pile; cotton warp and weft; 178.5 x 73 in. The Textile Museum Collection, Washington DC R33.1.25: Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1926

Karapinar, West Central Turkey, Karapinar Rug, 1700s. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 104 x 64 in. The Textile Museum Collection, Washington DC, R34.00.1: Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1949

Southwestern Iran, Khamseh Lion Rug, 1800s. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 67 x 76 in. Private Collection.

Northwest Turkey, Bergama Rug, 1800s. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 70 x 60 in. Gift of William and Sondra Bechhoefer.

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Rugged Beauty: Antique Carpets from Western Asia is organized by the Denver Art Museum. Support is provided by the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS4. Special thanks to Paul Ramsey for his invaluable participation in conceiving and realizing this project.