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Magic Carpets in Art, From the 1800s to Now

Magic Carpets in Art, From the 1800s to Now
August 11, 2017 Gnu World
magic carpets in art viktor vasnetsov

It’s not certain when or where the first magic carpet story appeared. What is clear is that across cultures, magic carpets have timeless appeal.

They appear in Middle Eastern stories like One Thousand and One Nights (also known as Arabian Nights), in Slavic folk stories about Baba Yaga and, of course, in all manner of modern children’s stories, from Tony Abbott’s The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet to Aladdin.

But it’s not only in literature that magic carpets appear. They’ve also been depicted in artworks through the ages.

A gallery of our favourite magic carpet images

one thousand and one nights

A depiction of a scene from One Thousand and One Nights on a 19th-Century Ottoman manuscript from Istanbul, Turkey.


the flying carpet viktor vasnetsov

The Flying Carpet, an oil on canvas by Russian painter, Viktor Vasnetsov, 1880.


russian fedoskino miniature

A traditional Russian Fedoskino miniature, painted by Frolova on a lacquer box. It depicts a scene from the fairy-tale Ivan Tsarevich and the Firebird.


mother of pearl russian lacquer box

Magic Flying Carpet, another Russian lacquer box, hand painted and with mother of pearl.


arabian nights illustration soper

Illustration for The Arabian Nights, by Soper (1900).


magic carpet bertha lum

Magic Carpet by US artist, Bertha Lum, 1912. Lum is known for her Asian-inspired woodblock prints.


the magic carpet 1001 nights

The magic carpet in 1001 Nights.


the magic carpet from arabian nights

Illustration for The Magic Carpet from Arabian Nights, 1934.


the magic carpet ivan yakovlevich bilibin

Illustration for The Magic Carpet by Russian artist, Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin, 1935.


the magic carpet fedoskino by sergey knyazev

The Magic Carpet, a Fedoskino (miniature lacquer painting) by Sergey Knyazev.


night on the magic carpet caroline urbania naeem

Night On The Magic Carpet by California-based artist, Caroline Urbania Naeem.


magic carpet rise rosa sepple

Magic Carpet Ride, painted by UK artist, Rosa Sepple (born 1951), with brushes on cardboard.


my flying carpet madhalsa manu

My Flying Carpet by Spanish artist, Madhalsa Manu, known for her earthy, mystical images and mandalas. She also works in glass.


searching for dragons tim and greg hildebrandt

Illustration from Searching for Dragons, by Tim and Greg Hildebrandt.


alibaba and the flying magic carpet anne anderson

Ali-Baba and the Flying Magic Carpet by Anne Anderson.


the flamingo and the flying carpet donna acheson

The Flamingo and the Flying Carpet by Donna Acheson.


collage mariano peccinetti

An almost surreal collage by Argentine collage artist and musician, Mariano Peccinetti.


magick carpet beth hoeckel

Illustration from Magick Carpet, by multidisciplinary US artist, Beth Hoeckel.


oil on paper ilya volykhine

An oil on paper by contemporary Russian artist, Ilya Volykhine, 2014.


the magic carpet anna shuttleworth

Illustration for The Magic Carpet, by Bulgarian muralist and illustrator, Anna Shuttlewood.


repairing the magic carpet alexandra khitrova

Repairing Magic Flying Carpet, by Russian artist Alexandra Khitrova (who also calls herself GaudiBuendia), 2016.

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