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Carpet with Niche and Flower Design

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
mid-17th century
Geography:
India or Pakistan, Kashmir or Lahore
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Cotton (warp and weft), silk (weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 61 in. (154.9 cm) W. 40 1/2 in. (102.8 cm) Mount: L. 66 5/8 in. (169.2 cm) W. 45 in. (114.3 cm) D. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) Wt. 107 lbs. (48.5 kg)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joseph V. McMullan, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.149.2
Not on view
This weaving is part of a group that uses the most popular motif of the emperor Shah Jahan’s reign: the single flowering plant, in this case a poppy, set within a niche. The similarity of their design to tent panels with niches and to hangings shown in royal audience scenes suggests that they were hung vertically rather than being placed on the floor.
Charles Tyson Yerkes, New York; Elbert H. Gary, New York (until d. 1927)December 7–8, 1934, no. 403, to Dikran Kelekian); sale, American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, December 7–8, 1934, no. 403, to Kelekian; [ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, from 1934]; Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1965–d. 1973; bequeathed to MMA)
Denny, Walter B. How to Read Islamic Carpets. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 87, ill. fig. 74 (color).

Gans-Ruedin, Erwin. Indian Carpets. London: Thames and Hudson Inc., pp. 78-79.

Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965-1975 (1965-1975). p.138, ill. (b/w).

McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 7, pp. 42-43, ill. pl. 7 (color).

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. pp. 123, 125, ill. fig. 139 (b/w).

Pal, Pratapaditya. Romance of the Taj Mahal. London; Los Angeles: Thames and Hudson, 1989-1991. no. 200, pp. 186, 189, ill. fig. 200 (color).

Walker, Daniel S. Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 20, pp. 88-92, 169, ill. fig. 89 (color).

Pal, Pratapaditya. The Arts of Kashmir. New York: Asia Society, 2007. p. 196, ill. fig. 215 (color).



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