The ethnology department of the National Museum in Sarajevo put on display its Persian rug collection, as part of the Museum’s 130th anniversary, marked this week.
The “Sarajevo fragments of Safavid rugs” collection was displayed last time before the World War 2. The rug fragments date back to the 17th century. The Museum purchased them in late 19th century.
The exhibition author Marica Filipović said: “The fragments are extremely valuable, not only because they date back to the 17th century, but because there are only few rugs in the world on which the maker’s signature and the year of production are preserved. The (fragments) belong to the group of ‘vase carpets’. Those carpets are named after the vase motif that is sometimes featured on them, but not necessarily. It is a rather particular weaving technique that makes them special.”