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Carpet with floral decoration
Place of Origin: probably Pakistan, Lahore
Date: approx. 1620-1630
Historical Period: Mughal dynasty
Object Name: Carpet
Materials: Wool
Style or Ware: Mughal
Dimensions: W. 143 in x L. 208 in, W. 363.2 cm x L. 528.3 cm
Credit Line: Asian Art Museum
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Textiles
Object Number: 2010.316
On Display: No

Description

Label: The Mughal emperor Akbar (reigned 1556–1605) set up workshops for knotted carpet production in his capital cities. Carpets such as these were produced for the court and used to adorn the palaces. This carpet was probably produced in a Mughal-sponsored workshop in Lahore. Mughal carpets are distinguishable for the floral elements that are rendered with exquisite detail, made possible by the use of minute and dense knotting. These carpets are also noticeable for their remarkable and unusual colors, which bear testimony to the outstanding skill of local dyers. One color that was frequently used for the field of Mughal carpets is an intense red with bluish reflections. Since this color was derived from an insect known as lac, it is frequently referred to as "lac" red.

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Exhibition History: Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)

"Flower Power", Asian Art Museum, 6/23/2017-10/1/2017
Label: The Mughal emperor Akbar (reigned 1556–1605) set up workshops for knotted carpet production in his capital cities. Carpets such as these were produced for the court and used to adorn the palaces. This carpet was probably produced in a Mughal-sponsored workshop in Lahore. Mughal carpets are distinguishable for the floral elements that are rendered with exquisite detail, made possible by the use of minute and dense knotting. These carpets are also noticeable for their remarkable and unusual colors, which bear testimony to the outstanding skill of local dyers. One color that was frequently used for the field of Mughal carpets is an intense red with bluish reflections. Since this color was derived from an insect known as lac, it is frequently referred to as "lac" red.
Exhibition History: Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)

"Flower Power", Asian Art Museum, 6/23/2017-10/1/2017