Cotton (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Rug: L. 363 1/2 in (923.3 cm)
W. 133 1/2 in. (339.1 cm)
Wt. 186 lbs. (84.4 kg)
Storage Tube: L. 156 in. (396.2 cm)
Diam. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Not on view
The characteristic red of Indian carpets emphasizes the graceful yet dynamic design of the trellis pattern connecting the floral and serrated motifs. The serrated leaves enclosing a palmette, as well as the medallions and cartouches in the border, recall sixteenth century Herat carpets from Iran, but the exuberance of the floral forms and richness of color confirm an Indian origin.
Lady Sackville, Knole Park, Kent, England; J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (until d. 1913; his estate 1913–17; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Indian Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era," November 20, 1997–March 1, 1998, figs. 54-55.
Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 55, pp. 129, 148-149, ill. fig. 129, (b/w; color).
Walker, Daniel S. Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. pp. 57, 60-61, ill. figs. 54-55, (color).
Strouse, Jean. "J. Pierpont Morgan: Financier and Collector." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 57, no. 3 (2000). p. 60, ill. fig. 71 (color), wrong object number listed (17.190.985).
Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia." In Sultans of the South: Art of India's Deccan Courts. Brugge, Belgium: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. p. 116, ill. figs. 5, 6, 7, 8.
Denny, Walter B. How to Read Islamic Carpets. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014. pp. 94-95, ill. fig. 81 (color).