Carpet with Niche and Flower Design

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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.

Carpet with Niche and Flower Design, Cotton (warp and weft), silk (weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

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