The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents "Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow" opening day
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents "Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow," exploring the importance of garden imagery to Islamic cultures through the renowned Wagner Garden Carpet and a selection of masterworks from the Hossein Afshar Collection.
The masterpiece, woven in southeastern Iran in the 17th century, is one of the three earliest surviving Persian garden carpets in the world. It was acquired in 1939 by Sir William Burrell, whose legendary collection, spanning 5,000 years of artistic production, was not permitted to travel outside of Scotland until 2014 and has only been displayed three times in the past two decades.
A selection of 26 works from the Hossein Afshar Collection, which are on long-term loan to the MFAH, accompany the carpet, together demonstrating the profound appeal of garden imagery across all artistic media, from ceramics and metalwork to the arts of the book in Islamic lands.
The exhibit will be on display through March 24, 2019.