A rare assemblage of pictorial rugs from the Middle East, this exhibit features several rugs from private collections in the United States, primarily from that of M. Mehdy Douraghy, and two rugs from the museum's collections.
Persian rugs with images of people are extremely rare, as most were adorned with floral or geometric patterns. The first evidence of rug design dates back to the 9th century BCE, and the oldest known pictorial rug is from the 6th century BCE. Due to the fragility of the materials, very few existing rugs date to before the 16th century. The pictorial rug tradition blossomed at the end of the 19th century. The subjects of pictorial rugs include kings and leaders, stories from the Bible or the Koran, and legendary heroes.
Exhibit Lecture and Reception featuring M. Mehdy Douraghy 7:00 pm, Friday, February 17 This event is free and open to the public.