Attributed to northern India, Kashmire or Lahore, India / Fragments of a carpet / ca. 1650Attributed to northern India, Kashmire or Lahore, India
Fragments of a carpet
ca. 1650

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Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian
Creator Active Place: Northern India, Kashmire or Lahore
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to northern India, Kashmire or Lahore, India
Title: Fragments of a carpet
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1640
Creation End Date: 1660
Creation Date: ca. 1650
Object Type: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: Pashmina wool and silk; pile weave, pashmina wool pile on silk foundation, 1,023 asymmetrical knots per square inch
Dimensions: W. 55 1/4 in. (140.3 cm), L. 155 3/4 in. (395.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 14.40.723
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913

This fragmentary carpet represents the highest level of Indian production, what might be called imperial grade. It looks and feels like velvet, but the pile is actually knotted from pashmina wool, made from the fleece of Himalayan mountain goats. The weave is extremely fine, especially for a carpet as large as this one must have been. What remains is approximately one quarter of the original. In most Islamic cultures the finest carpets were woven in silk. Only in India was wool, admittedly a very special wool, prized more than silk. The style of this carpet, with its total reliance on floral forms, is consistent with the taste of the emperor Shah Jahan, as manifested also in the architectural decoration and manuscript margin illumination created by the gifted artists of his court.

AMICA ID: MMA_.14.40.723
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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