Pashmina Carpet with Gateway-and-Millefleur Pattern

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

The area of northern India and eastern Pakistan was an important region for carpet weaving during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Millefleur carpets and some later flower-style pieces were manufactured there. They were usually made with fine knots and expensive pashmina wool. The type shown here was designed as a pair of cypress trees on either side under an arch, symbolizing the gateway to a flower-filled paradise. This example is distinguished by its geometric treatment of the millefleur pattern and a central vase from which the motifs grow.

Pashmina Carpet with Gateway-and-Millefleur Pattern, Cotton (warp and weft), pashmina wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

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