Carpet Fragment

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The original length of this carpet was an impressive thirty feet, indicating its use in a royal building for hosting audiences or other special occasions. Similar trellises enclosing blossoms were also painted on the walls and ceilings of such buildings, and floral friezes covered the dadoes and facades, creating a world of sumptuous flowers surrounding the emperor. Kashmir, with its pashmina shawlweaving tradition, is probably the source of pashmina carpets such as this, but workshops in Lahore also produced many imperial-grade carpets in the mid-seventeenth century.

Carpet Fragment, Silk (warp and weft), pashmina wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

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