Carpet with Irises, Tulips, and Other Flowering Plants
India or present-day Pakistan, Kashmir or Lahore
Cotton (warp and weft); wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Rug: H. 170 in. (431.8 cm)
W. 81 3/4 in. (207.6 cm)
Purchase, Florance Waterbury Bequest and Rogers Fund, 1970
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)
Denny, Walter B. How to Read Islamic Carpets. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 90, ill. fig. 77 (color).
Gans-Ruedin, Erwin. Indian Carpets. London: Thames and Hudson Inc., pp. 126-27.
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).
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).