Silk Tabriz Rug with Poem
- 4′8″ × 6′ and 1.0″ thick
- Late 19th Century
There are three verses of a poem by Farid ud-Din Attar, also known as Attar Neyshapuri repeatedly woven in the ...
more There are three verses of a poem by Farid ud-Din Attar, also known as Attar Neyshapuri repeatedly woven in the rug. Attar is one of the most ancient Sufi poets of Persia who lived in 12th century in Neyshapur, a town in northeast of Iran. His work has been the inspiration of Rumi and many other mystic poets of Persian Empire. The verses in the rug are the 75th and 80th lines from a poem titled Interaction of "Flower and Khosrow with Each Other" from Attar's book Khosrow-Nāma. The poem romanticizes the famous and classical love story of King Khosrow Parviz and Shirin which is originally found in the great epico-historical poems of Shahnameh by Ferdausi.
The poem says:
The earth became green from grass as if it is sky
The nightingale begs flower to speak
Flower is a speaker like Jesus from cradle less