As is typical of the design structure of such sixteenth-century Persian carpets, each quarter repeats exactly. The carpet is generically classified as a medallion carpet with flora and fauna, although its decoration more specifically suggests a paradisiacal garden with an abundance of trees and animals. Flowing water is indicated by the smaller blue medallions, which are reminiscent of linked pools. What clearly makes this an unearthly setting are the dragons, phoenixes, and qilins (creatures borrowed from Chinese mythology), and especially the winged celestial beings, or houris, in each of the quarter medallions.
Like the Ardabil Carpet (53.50.2), the Coronation carpet was given to LACMA by Getty. It also shares other features with that more famous carpet: although it is undated, it was likely made in the second quarter of the sixteenth century, and it too had a mate, of which a small fragment survives in the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin.
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