Silk (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Textile: H. 34 in. (86.4 cm)
W. 122 in. (309.9 cm)
Mount: H. 40 in. (101.6 cm)
W. 165 1/4 in. (419.7 cm)
D. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (64.9 kg)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Not on view
The pile of this carpet, made of pashmina wool obtained from the undercoat of the Himalayan mountain goat, is knotted onto a silk foundation. A high knot count, achieved through the use of these luxurious materials, allows for a design of sharply-detailed interweaving flowers and vines. Although the overall pattern of the work relates to Persian carpet design, the red field and the presence of lotus flowers in the border are unmistakably Indian.
Benjamin Altman, New York (until d. 1913; bequeathed to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 64, pp. 131-132, ill. p. 131 (b/w).
Walker, Daniel S. Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 18, pp. 81-83, 168, ill. figs. 78, 79, (color).