Two Mughal carpet fragments Kashmir or Lahore, circa 1650(2)
Lot 198W
Two Mughal carpet fragments
Kashmir or Lahore, circa 1650
(2)
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 11,681) inc. premium

Lot Details
Two Mughal carpet fragments Kashmir or Lahore, circa 1650(2)
Two Mughal carpet fragments
Kashmir or Lahore, circa 1650
both of irregular shape, with crimson field with a design of naturalistic flowering plants, framed and glazed
91 x 57 cm. and 51 x 42 cm.(2)

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  • Provenance
    Sotheby's, Islamic Works of Art, Carpets and Textiles, 16th April 1985, lot 145; Sotheby's, Islamic Works of Art, Carpets and Textiles, 12th October 1982, lot 76.

    These two fragments appear to be from the same carpet of a type known as a 'flower carpet'. The depiction of flowers became very naturalistic and formally arranged during the reign of Shah Jahan, inspired by European herbals at the Mughal court. The group of carpets with field patterns of flowering plants arranged in rows is quite large, numbering over 50 pieces. The standard form is rectangular although circular types, in the Central Museum, Jaipur (no. 227) and the Calico Museum, Ahmadabad are known. The Calico Museum example contains an inventory label stating it was purchased in 1657. Shaped carpets also belong to this group, examples of which are in the Cincinnati Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Usually made in pairs, they have as their basic form a stepped arch. This type were probably made in Lahore and likely commissioned for the old Amber palace which was completed in 1630.
    Cartoons for individual flowering plants may have existed to aid the weavers but an overall cartoon seems not to have been used as there are marked differences in the design between the carpets. 'Flower carpets' can be attributed to Kashmir or Lahore and it is possible all were made in Kashmir between 1620-40. For further discussion see D. Walker, Flowers Underfoot, New York, 1997, figs. 93, 99, 100, 101, 102.
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