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Carpet with Irises, Tulips, and Other Flowering Plants

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
ca. 1650
Geography:
Made in India or present-day Pakistan, Kashmir or Lahore
Medium:
Cotton (warp and weft); wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: H. 170 in. (431.8 cm) W. 81 3/4 in. (207.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Florance Waterbury Bequest and Rogers Fund, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.321
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
Flowering plants, especially favored by Mughal artists, frequently appear in carpets. Here, the drawing of the flowers and the shading of the leaves are rendered with great care and as naturalistically as possible. Yet nature is disregarded when two unrelated flowers grow from the same stem.
Maharaja of Jaipur, India (1656–at least 1929); Hagop Kevorkian, New York (until d. 1962; his estate sale,Sotheby's, London, December 11, 1970, no. 8, to MMA)
Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the M.M.A.," June 15, 1981–August 8, 1981, no. 145.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era," November 20, 1997–March 1, 1998, no. 22.

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 59, pp. 130, 150-151, ill. fig. 134, (b/w; color).

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 145, pp. 334-335, ill. p. 335 (b/w).

Gans-Ruedin, Erwin. Indian Carpets. London: Thames and Hudson Inc., pp. 126-27.

Ellis, Charles. Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988. p. 204.

Walker, Daniel S. Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 22, pp. 95-97, 169, ill. figs. 93, 94, (color).

Denny, Walter B. How to Read Islamic Carpets. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014. p. 90, ill. fig. 77 (color).



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