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Fragment of a Carpet with Niche and Flower Design

Object Name:
Carpet fragment
Date:
1630–40
Geography:
Made in India or Pakistan, Kashmir or Lahore
Medium:
Silk (warp and weft), pashmina wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 6 in. (15.2 cm) W. 25 1/2 in. (64.8 cm) Mount: L. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm) W. 30 5/8 in. (77.8 cm) D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
14.40.722
Not on view
This fragment was part of a carpet that had a pointed arch (a portion of the supporting column is seen at left) with a single flowering plant at the center. This is considered one of the finest examples of carpet weaving because of its extremely sensitive drawing and extraordinarily high knot count—2,552 knots per square inch.
Benjamin Altman, New York (until d. 1913; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era," November 20, 1997–March 1, 1998, fig. 10.

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 63, pp. 125, 131, ill. fig. 140 (b/w).

Walker, Daniel S. Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. pp. 24-25, ill. fig. 10 (color).



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