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Palmette Flower (Shah Abbasi) Design
statement is generally used for designs and images related to Safavid
and compound multi-petal flowers, twisting curves, Arabesque designs
and images resembling Chinese clouds. Different
kinds of Shah Abbasi designs are:
Corner-Medallion, Tree, Animal, Sheykh Safi, Series of Turreted,
Omitted (Shah Abbasi design with some changes), Turreted Paisley
Medallion and Plain-weave Corner-Medallion design.
All-Over Palmette Flower design
ground of this kind of carpet is fully covered by overlapping leaves,
arabesque and Chinese flowers and curves and arch lines. In some
designs we can see animals among leaves and branches. All these are
surrounded by narrow or wide margins. Margins include roses, palm
leaves or some geometrical images.
All-Over flower design lacks the central Medallion and four-corners of
the ground. Despite the repeated All-Over flower design, the lower row
designs are not repeated in upper rows and they just become symmetry
form the midline of carpet.
Corner-Medallion (Shah Abbasi) design
used to decorate the leather book covers, before being used by carpet
weavers. In this design, the central medallion, either circular or
diamond shaped, is surrounded by four similar shapes named
“Corner” (Lachak) in four corners of carpet. In many cases,
corners are derived from medallion shapes.
includes Palmette, abstract leaves and other images. A background
produced within the space between corners and central medallion, is elliptical
and ends to the margins. Designs without corners are named
“Shah Abbasi medallion” design.
Shah Abbasi “Animal” design
carpets are commonly woven in Kerman and Qom. These designs are a
variety of Artists tastes in combining the traditional images and
animals. The carpet design is full of “Shah Abbasi” and
“Chinese” flowers surrounded by corners and margins containing
animals. In this design, stags, wolves, lions and gazelles are hopping
in harmony with twisting branches.
Shah Abbasi “Turreted” design
turreted all around the ground, is the characteristic of this design.
Thus, corners are not a quarter of medallion, but go round the whole
Shah Abbasi “Sheykh Safi” design
design is an inspiration of Sheykh Safiedine Ardebili’s Tomb.
Central Medallion, is surrounded by many flowers (called melon-shape
flowers are also used for corners (that each one has the size of a
quarter of central medallion). Margin designs are a combination of
Sheykh Safi carpet’s panels and inscriptive, that are arranged
alternately. Flowers are among these patterns. Two lantern shapes are
used instead of two ends of medallion.
Omitted Palmette Flower design (Shah Abbasi Tasarrofi)
main factors are the same as Shah Abbasi images; but some changes made
such as omitting corners and using half-medallions in ground of the