Fragments of a Carpet

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The pile of this carpet, made of pashmina wool obtained from the undercoat of the Himalayan mountain goat, is knotted onto a silk foundation. A high knot count, achieved through the use of these luxurious materials, allows for a design of sharply-detailed interweaving flowers and vines. Although the overall pattern of the work relates to Persian carpet design, the red field and the presence of lotus flowers in the border are unmistakably Indian.

Fragments of a Carpet, Silk (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

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