The Freud Museum

Qashqa'i carpet

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6410, Qashqa'i carpet, 19th century, late

Qashqa'i carpet covering Freud's psychoanalytic couch.  

Although we don't know where all of Freud's carpets came from, it is possible that he may have obtained at least part of his collection from his brother-in-law, Moritz Freud, an importer of carpets who was married to his sister Mitzi. Vienna, so close to the western-most boundary of the Ottoman empire, has always been a flourishing centre for the trade in oriental carpets. This carpet was woven by one of the tribes of the Qashqa'i Confederacy whose territories extend through the west of Iran.

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