Baharestan Carpet

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The Baharestan carpet (Persian فرش بهارستان, meaning the spring carpet) was commissioned by Sasanian Shahanshah Khosrow Anūšakrūwān), which was made for the main audience hall of the Sasanian dynastic imperial Palace at Ctesiphon, in the province of Khvârvarân (now in Iraq).

It was 450 feet (140 m) long and 90 feet (27 m) wide. Woven of silk, gold, silver, and rare stones, the carpet depicted a splendid garden akin to Paradise.[1] In 637 CE with occupation of Iranian capital, Ctesiphon, the Baharestan carpet was taken by the Arabs, cut into small fragments and divided among the victorious soldiers as booty.[2]

According to historians, the famous Tāqdis throne was also covered with 30 special Baharestan carpets representing the 30 days of the month and four other carpets representing the four seasons of a year.[2]

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  1. ^ Musical Observations, Inc. "CP2 102 Morton Feldman & Artur Schnabel". Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b al-Tabri, The history of al-Tabari, vol. XIII(the conquest of Iraq, Southwestern Persia and Egypt), tran. G. H. A. Juynboll, New York (1989), pp.29-36