Gropius House

Hall Carpet

The Aesthetic Movement, the style that prevailed when this house was designed and furnished, called for layering pattern and textures and color with motifs taken from around the world. Persian rugs, which had fallen out of favor for most of the nineteenth century, were once again highly prized. This one, called a Bijar after the region in northwest Iran where it was produced, dates to around 1870 and is an especially lovely example.