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The Tree Of Nations

The Tree Of Nations

  • Number 1199

  • Type Workshop

  • Material Wool

  • Style Pictorial

  • Origin Kerman

  • Size 337 x 216

  • Age 1893


This is one of a pair woven by the Milani workshop in Milan at the behest of Nassereddine Shah Qajar to commemorate Persian-American friendship in the wake of Iran participating in the World Columnian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. This took place at the quadrennial of Chistopher Columbus discovering the Americas. The carpet, whose twin we sold to the Musee Quai Branly Jacques Chirac, depicts the Chicago fairgrounds with a massive tree rising from it, whose fruits and branches are actually the major heads of state in the 19th century world. We see the Shah of Iran, the Sultan of Turkey, the Khedive of Egypt, the Emperor of Japan, Queen Victoria of Britain, various European monarchs, a number of Latin American leaders and the most illustrious presidents of the USA including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

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