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Carpet with Palm Trees, Ibexes, and Birds

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Geography:
present-day Pakistan, Lahore
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Cotton (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: L. 328 in. (833.1 cm) W. 108 in. (274.3 cm) Wt. 132 lbs. (59.9 kg) Storage Tube: L. 132 in. (335.3 cm) Diam. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.858
  • Description

    This carpet, with its pictorial depiction of trees, birds, and animals, is conceived like a textile with a repeat design in which each unit reverses the direction of the preceding one. The ibexes, Chinese mythological beasts called qilins, and animals in combat, are derived from Safavid Persian art, as is the border design of cartouches and star-shaped medallions with cloud bands. The palm tree, however, is a very Indian feature, as is the generally naturalistic drawing of the flora and fauna and the bright red color of the field. The relationship to Persian carpet design dates this example to the early Mughal period, soon after the first carpet workshops were established by the emperor Akbar in Lahore, Agra, and Fatehpur Sikri.

  • Provenance

    Lady Sackville, Knole Park, Kent, England; J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (until d. 1913; his estate 1913–17; gifted to MMA)

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