Carpet with Irises, Tulips, and Other Flowering Plants

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

Flowering plants, especially favored by Mughal artists, frequently appear in carpets. Here, the drawing of the flowers and the shading of the leaves are rendered with great care and as naturalistically as possible. Yet nature is disregarded when two unrelated flowers grow from the same stem.

Carpet with Irises, Tulips, and Other Flowering Plants, Cotton (warp and weft); wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

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